After reading and understanding, ‘Suggested precautions’ (in
Abstract and Advice), each doctor should try to correlate and apply
these precautions in day-to-day practice. Shortcomings, if any, in personal
practice, clinics, hospitals or staff must be addressed promptly and
An illustration will make the point clear.
“Take separate and specific consent for surgery /procedure and
for transfusion of blood, if anticipated” (Case of M. Chinnaiyan v/s
Sri Gokulam Hospital & Anr - January 2008 issue, page a1)
The doctor must check whether his or her clinic and hospital
follows this dictum of law. If not, the staff must be instructed
immediately that in all cases of surgery two consent forms must be
signed by the patient or his attendant - one form for surgery and
another for transfusion of blood, if it is foreseen.
Proper protocols must be developed and religiously followed
taking a cue from the ‘suggested precautions’. These precautions
will not only indemnify the doctor and save him or her from
medico-legal litigation but also help devise and perfect legally
To get the best results out of this journal, the reader should
cumulatively review ‘suggested precautions’ at least once every six
‘Suggested precautions’ is the first of its kind and no law
reporter in the world publishes anything similar.