Nurse and the law. Disclosure of Risks: an Important Decision
The Australian High Court ruled that medical practitioners have a duty, subject to therapeutic privilege, to inform patients about material risks of treatment, especially where those risks can have devastating consequences (“Roogers v Whitaker” 1992). This case is briefly described as well as one where extended mega doses of thioridazine hydrochloride resulted in permanent eyesight impairment. The author notes that a nursing perspective is needed on disclosure of risks & asks for reader input.