Minnesota has some of the finest health facilities in the country, and every day procedures occur without incident in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Not all procedures and courses of treatment are without risks, however. How do physicians and patients manage these risks?
Under Minnesota state law, competent patients in Minnesota have the right to prior consent to any medical or surgical treatment with certain exceptions. In order to fulfill the requirements of the law, health providers should secure the written, informed consent of the patient. The information should be presented in easily understood layman's terms.