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


•The best answer explains that informed consent is about understanding the indications, alternatives, risks, benefits, and answers the patient's questions 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 appropriately.

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

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