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implied consent

im·plied con·sent

/imˈplīd kənˈsent/

Noun

There will be times when a patient may not be able to provide consent, even if she wants to. In these situations, the doctrine of implied consent will allow you to initiate care. Implied consent means that it would be reasonable to assume that a person who was experiencing a medical emergency, who could not express consent, would do so if given the chance.