A 17 year old girl is brought to the emergency room by her boyfriend complaining of severe and progressive abdominal pain. Physical examination and laboratory tests confirm a diagnosis of appendicitis. An emergent appendectomy is recommended.
Who should sign the consent of surgery?
A- Her father
B- Her boyfriend
C- The ER physician
D- Her regular physician
E- She does not need a consent
Any patient under 18 years old and undergoes surgery needs a consent. The consent should be signed by a parent or a guardian. Her boyfriend or physicians are not authorized to sign the consent in this case unless there is a life-threatening situation arises and they can not reach her parents or guardians.
The correct answer is A