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Informed Consent What Is Informed Consent? What Information Should Be Discussed With The Patient During The InformedConsent Process? How Should The Informed Consent Process Be Documented In The MedicalRecord? The Consent Form Entries In The Medical Record When Is Informed Consent Not Required? Patient Advanced Directive Policies Do Not Resuscitate Orders Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Informed Consent Infectious Disease Control What goes in Red Bags ? What goes in Clear Bags ? What goes in a Sharps Container? Confidentiality Patients' Rights The Patient RepresentativeHandbook Contents Page | Risk Managment Home Page
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine comprise one of the preeminent medical centers in thenation. The institutions undertake to train medical professionals, advance medical science and improve thedelivery of health care. In addition, the hospital is committed to providing the best quality of care possible, aswell as the continuous assessment and improvement of the quality of care and services rendered to ourpatients. The risk management program at the hospital plays a crucial role in fulfilling these commitments.The goals of the overall risk management program are to identify areas of actual or potential risk, prevent, asmuch as possible, injuries to patients, visitors and employees, and to prevent or limit financial loss to thehospital and its staff. Financial loss can occur in a number of ways. From a risk management perspective, theprimary concerns are those financial losses associated with the inherent risks that exist in providing health careservices, which can result in a patient instituting a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit against the hospitaland/or a health care provider. The key element in the success of the risk management program in preventingand reducing these particular claims and associated financial losses, is the participation of physicians, nurses,other health care providers and hospital employees in implementing effective risk management strategies. Eachindividual must be committed to reducing risks.The purpose of this handbook is two-fold: 1) to provide information that addresses a number of themedical-legal and risk management issues encountered by physicians and other health care providers; and 2) toserve as an easily referenced resource for such information, supplementing additional information alsocontained in some of the hospital's administrative policy and procedure manuals. The intent in highlightingthese issues is to make all health care providers more aware of important opportunities they have to reduce therisks of injury to patients and others, reduce the risks of financial loss to the hospital and staff, and improvethe quality of care. Since these issues and related procedures may change over time, the hospital intends toperiodically update this handbook.