Table 3

Frequency of documentation of informed consent for 270 patients undergoing elective or emergent laparoscopic cholecystectomy

ElementProcedure; no. (%) of patients
Elective
n = 71
Emergent
n = 199
Potential complications
 Clinic note53 (75)2 (1)
 Operating room note17 (24)56 (28)
 Consent form51 (72)182 (91)
Procedure details
 Clinic note13 (18)0 (0)
 Operating room note11 (15)7 (4)
 Consent form0 (0)0 (0)
Alternatives to surgical procedure
 Clinic note16 (23)0 (0)
 Operating room note5 (7)3 (2)
 Consent form0 (0)0 (0)