Key Points to Remember

Key points to remember when dealing with consent:

  • Consent is required for the administration of all local anaesthetics
  • Consent can be explicit or implied, written or verbal. What is needed is the patient’s mental acceptance of what is proposed
  • Children can give consent provided they have capacity. However, a refusal can be overruled by someone with parental responsibility

For further guidance see ‘Decision making and consent’ (GMC 2020) on the Further Reading page of this session. [11]