The unconscious patient

Although treatment without any consent at all would generally be an assault or a battery, the doctor may confront situations where there is no possibility of agreement being given. In cases of this type, different principles need to be identified in order to decide whether or not treatment can proceed. In most countries, treatment in this situation would not be unlawful if there is a need to undertake therapy. The legal principle of necessity would generally apply, but only as long as the treatment is in fact necessary (Marshall v. Curry [1933] 3 DLR 260 (Canada)). The doctor would be unwise to undertake any treatment which is optional or which could be postponed. The necessity doctrine authorizes treatment only within a relatively narrow set of constraints—it does not confer carte blanche authority on the doctor (Murray v. McMurchy [1949] 2 DLR 442 (Canada)).

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