[PDF] Consent, capacity and restraint of adults, adolescents and children in emergency departments

Royal College of Emergency Medicine - RCEM
Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Publication date:
29 July 2013


This guideline offers guidance for clinicians working in Emergency Departments in the United Kingdom about obtaining consent. The guideline is mainly written for clinicians working in England and Scotland. Legislation in the other devolved nations and the Republic of Ireland differs, though the principles of autonomy and capacity are broadly similar and the clinical practice of obtaining consent varies little between these nations. This guideline does not consider consent to participation in research studies, retention of human tissue or sharing of information.