A patient with severe metabolic abnormalities is prescribed a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). The nurse tells the patient that an informed consent is required. The patient asks why a consent is needed. The best response is:

"The consent ensures that you make an informed decision based on the indications, risks, and alternatives"


•This answers the patient's question accurately and appropriately.

•"The Joint Commission requires it" does not give any explanation of JCAHO requirements.

•"We need consent unless it is an
emergency" does not answer the patient's question.

•"You need to understand how dangerous this procedure is" is an inaccurate statement.

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