Arkansas Code Title 20. Public Health and Welfare § 20-9-603. Implied consent--Circumstances

In addition to any other instances in which consent is excused or implied at law, consent to surgical or medical treatment or procedures suggested, recommended, prescribed, or directed by a licensed physician will be implied in the following circumstances:

(1)(A) When an emergency exists and there is no one immediately available who is authorized, empowered to, or capable of consent.

(B) “Emergency” means a situation in which, in competent medical judgment, the proposed surgical or medical treatment or procedures are immediately or imminently necessary and any delay occasioned by an attempt to obtain a consent would reasonably be expected to jeopardize the life, health, or safety of the person affected or would reasonably be expected to result in disfigurement or impaired faculties;  and

(2) When any emergency exists, there has been a protest or refusal of consent by a person authorized and empowered to do so, and there is no other person immediately available who is authorized, empowered, or capable of consenting but there has been a subsequent material and morbid change in the condition of the affected person.


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