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Can you tell me how long an Informed Consent is valid for surgical

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Can you tell me how long an Informed Consent is valid for surgical procedures in the State of Texas ?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 8 years ago.
The state of Texas does not specifically address this issue:

See question #23 here:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/HFP/tmdpFAQ.shtm#tmdpfaq23

"23. How long is the consent form valid after having been signed? This is not addressed by the Consent Statute."

However, many hospitals will have their own policies regarding this matter, and for many of these hospitals, it will require the patient to have signed the form within 30 days of the surgical procedure, or have the patient resign the form the day of surgery.
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