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expressed consent

ex·pressed con·sent

/ikˈsprest kənˈsent/

Noun

Most often, the patient will clearly allow the EMT to perform an assessment and provide treatment. This is known as expressed consent. A patient must be legally competent in order to give expressed consent, meaning that he is old enough (over 18 years, typically), and mentally alert enough to understand what is being explained and what is happening to him. The consent to treatment does not have to be verbal.