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Table 3 Exemption to consent in emergencies

From: Lack of informed consent for surgical procedures by elderly patients with inability to consent: a retrospective chart review from an academic medical center in Norway

The Norwegian Health Personell Act Article 7 – Emergency health care The Oviedo Convention Article 8 – Emergency situation
Health personnel shall immediately provide the health care they are capable of when it must be assumed that the health care is of vital importance. Pursuant to the limitations laid down by the Patients’ Rights Act section 4–9, necessary health care shall be given, even if the patient is incapable of granting his consent thereto, and even if the patients objects to the treatment When because of an emergency situation the appropriate consent cannot be obtained, any medically necessary intervention may be carried out immediately for the benefit of the health of the individual concerned.