Written consent will be required for initial treatment of sensitive areas (upper and inner thigh, buttocks, penis, vagina, breasts and chest wall muscles). For future follow up visits, verbal or express consent is required. To maintain accuracy and comprehensiveness of patient records, verbal consent ought to be noted in patient records immediately after treatment.
If the treatment does not involve sensitive body parts, and the treatment plan has not changed, the practitioner can assume that the original informed consent is valid.
However, if there has been any change to the treatment plan or the patient’s health, a new informed consent is required. This is why it is prudent to verify with the patient at each appointment if they still provide consent to proceed and to check in on any changes to the patient’s health.