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What should be done first before commencing treatment on a conscious adult?

  • If the patient is conscious and in a stable mental state in which they can knowledgable answer a serious question without conflict then you must ask them for their consent before begining any type of treatment, the only exception is emergency treatment for a patient who is unconscious or does not have the mental capacity to answer a question like that at that time, in which case a relative is contacted, if there is reasonable time available

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