Thursday, September 20, 2012
Children and Informed Consent
Today I asked Theresa about the forms. I asked her if the nurse ever asked her to read them (I knew the answer) and the answer was no. Hmmmmm??? Informed consent. I asked Theresa if she understood she had a choice as to whether or not to sign them. She didn't think she had a choice since she was told to sign them and not ever given an option by being told it was her choice. Hmmmm?? Is this informed consent?
Sigh.... my child is old enough to agree to the risks of surgery and anesthesia (which thankfully were never explained to her) but she needs my permission to take a Tylenol at any youth activity - our world is messed up.
And here is their reasoning:
Section 22-8-4 When minor may give consent generally. Any minor who is 14 years of age or older, or has graduated from high school, or is married, or having been married is divorced or is pregnant may give effective consent to any legally authorized medical, dental, health or mental health services for himself or herself, and the consent of no other person shall be necessary. (Acts 1971, No. 2281, p. 3681, §1.)
Did anyone else notice the word "may"?