Can a nurse obtain informed consent for a CT /MRI scan?
- 0I overheard a physician saying how they are short staffed and wanted a nurse to obtain informed consent for CT/ MRI scans.... is this legal? From what I know it isnt.... this is in New York if it matters
- 0Oct 19, '07 by dianah Senior ModeratorCheck your hospital or facility's policy on consents.
Check your state's policy.
In California, the MD is to obtain the informed consent.
We RNs used to explain the whole procedure (angio, biopsy, nephrostomy tube placement, etc).
Then the Radiologist came over to ask if the pt had any questions before handing the pt the consent to sign.
We may witness the signing of the consent but not obtain the informed consent.
Is a CT or MRI w/contrast considered an invasive procedure????
Or is the pt giving consent to receive the contrast agent only?
I'd be interested to know what you find out.
- 0Feb 24, '08 by KnittingRN7In our clinic in MN, we (the RN's) explain the risks of contrast and obtain a consent for the CTA's. We have been told by our physician what percent of risks to tell the pt's. Our adenosine MRI's have a consent, but I don't think our regular MRI's do even though they receive gadolinium. We are looking at starting them sign a consent in the near future.
- 0Mar 1, '08 by DutchgirlRNboth ct's and mri's with contrast sign a consent form which states that they acknowledge that they are going to receive iv contrast and that the possible risks and side effects have been explained to them.
it is a statement on the bottom of the ct or mri assessment sheet on which we note allergies, medical conditions such as diabetes, whether or not they are on glucophage, for mr's items such as do you have a pacemaker, etc...most people sign it w/o reading it. but i tell them what they are signing their consent for.