The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel (TMDP) recently approved a change to its informed consent form for anesthesia and/or perioperative pain management (analgesia). The form provides a checklist of different methods of anesthesia applications and their known risks. In a clinical setting, the health care provider is to check the method being used and the patient, or authorized person, is to initial the same method, to show their understanding of the method and corresponding risks.
The TMDP has added the following method to the form:
_____ PRENATAL/EARLY CHILDHOOD ANESTHESIA - potential long-term negative effects on memory, behavior, and learning with prolonged or repeated exposure to general anesthesia/moderate sedation/deep sedation during pregnancy and in early childhood.
The change will be published in the Texas Register on December 22, 2017, with an effective date of December 24, 2017. Copies of the revised form are available on the TMDP website in English and Spanish.
According to its website, the purpose of the TMDP is “to determine which risks and hazards related to medical care and surgical procedures must be disclosed by health care providers or physicians to their patients or persons authorized to consent for their patients, and to establish the general form and substance of such disclosure.”