Notes Summer 2021

My patient took an overdose and is refusing treatment. What should I do?

What should I do if a patient refuses treatment that could save their life?

When a patient takes an overdose and refuses treatment, the attending FY1 doctor calls the MDU for advice.

In this fictional dilemma, we consider how to approach this scenario, considering the medico-legal challenges presented.

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This page was correct at publication on 07/07/2021. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.