SAN DIEGO—A commercial assay may prove to be valuable for determining which men with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels or an abnormal digital rectal exam (DRE) are likely to have prostate cancer and hence should undergo biopsy.
Using color-coded, peel-off labels to match medication vials and delivery syringes can sharply boost accuracy and efficiency during surgery, a team of anesthesiologists at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa., reports.
Physicians and hospitals typically require patients to sign a boilerplate consent form before surgery. These forms usually specify that in the event of an emergency or unforeseen medical issue, the physician has the patient’s consent to do whatever is medically necessary under the circumstances.
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has developed an informed consent form for use by physicians when offering a host of assisted reproductive technology (ART) services, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection, assisted hatching, and embryo cryopreservation.