Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that allows emergency medical personnel to carry out emergency medical procedures without the patient’s prior consent in cases where his life is at risk. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
Amendments are being made to Article 20 of the Law “On the Fundamentals of Protecting the Health of Citizens”. Previously, to carry out emergency procedures without the patient’s consent, a decision by a council of doctors was required. However, as the initiators of the law noted, in emergency medical care outside medical institutions it is often impossible to assemble a consultation.
Supporting the innovation, the authors of the law emphasized that these changes will speed up the receipt of timely and high-quality medical care for citizens, and will also provide legal protection for ambulance workers. At the same time, patients or their representatives retain the right to refuse medical intervention, subject to a written refusal.