What is included in patient education about anal sphincter electromyography (EMG)?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: David C Spencer, MD  more...
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Most clinical neurophysiology laboratories use a standard template for the procedure documenting the procedure and its explanation to the patient. The authors’ lab uses the following statement built into the template: “Prior to starting the procedure, the patient’s identity was verified and the nature of the procedure explained. The appropriate sites of the examination were confirmed directly with the patient, and a preprocedural pause was performed for final verification of all of the above.” A written informed consent is not a part of the standard practice at most institutions. A verbal consent as mentioned above with clear explanation to the patient about the risks involved is sufficient.


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