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    #8--easy

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    An 88-year-old male complaining of abdominal pain enters the emergency room with his wife. A mini-mental status exam reveals pronounced forgetfulness and confusion. The patient is discovered to have acute appendicitis requiring immediate surgery. He is unable to understand the situation and cannot provide informed consent. Which of the following further actions must the physician take?

    1. do not perform surgery

    2. have another doctor confirm the necessity of the surgery
    3. get a court order to perform the surgery
    4. perform the surgery considering it as an emergency
    5. obtain consent from the wife to perform the surgery











    Answer: #5: obtain consent from the wife to perform the surgery; if there was no family or friends or power of attorney for healthcare.. OR no one was able to be reached, and the surgery was an emergency (life or death), the procedure could be performed without consent;

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    The answer is #5.

    1 is incompetent on the doctor's part. 2 & 3 are not necessary in this case and 4 is done only if there is on next of kin and without treatment daeth can occur.

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