Whether you need to create a medical release form to use for your company, school or organization or you are wondering what kind of information you'll need to provide if you are asked to complete this kind of consent document, looking at a sample form is a good way to get started. LoveToKnow has created an editable version that you can download, customize, save and print.
Using LTK's Printable Medical Release Form
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Using the Document
When the document is open, click anywhere on the page to edit the form, whether you want to alter the form itself or simply enter requested information. You can use the toolbar on the top of the browser window where the form appears to save it (using the disk icon) or print it (using the printer icon). You can even email the document to another person using the envelope icon.
Other Resources for Medical Release Forms
While LoveToKnow's medical release form can be a good starting point for creating your own document or to give you an idea of what information you'll need to provide when asked to complete this type of form, it's certainly not the only option. A few other sample documents you may want to review, depending on your particular situation, include:
Consent for Treatment of a Minor
Parents are typically required to sign a medical release form whenever children participate in activities where injuries are not uncommon. These documents pre-authorize treatment of minor children when parents may not immediately be available - such as field trips, camp outings, sports tournaments and other similar events and activities.
- LOA Soccer Association: Consent documents that parents of participants in Louisiana Soccer Association events must complete
If you work for an organization that hosts these types of events, you'll definitely need to create a document for parents to sign. LoveToKnow's printable form can be the starting point for creating what you need. Don't rely solely on this document or the other examples, though. Instead, seek assistance from a qualified legal professional to ensure that your document is compliant with all applicable laws and that it provides your organization with sufficient protection against liability claims. Even if you draft the document yourself, have an attorney review it before you use it.
Consent to Treatment for an Adult
Adults who are of sound mind must sign a consent form before receiving medical treatment. This applies when you go to the doctor, dentist, hospital, or participate in any kind of clinical trial. If you have medical power of attorney for an adult who is no longer able to make his or her own decisions, it will be necessary for you to sign a consent form on behalf of the individual before treatment can be rendered.
- Human Subjects Consent: Consent documents utilized to gain permission from individuals participating in clinical trials and medical research studies at Stanford University
While reviewing a sample document can be helpful, the medical facility you are working with will likely require you to sign its own release forms. However, reviewing sample documents can give you an idea of what to expect and filling out LoveToKnow's printable form to take with you to your appointment is a good way to gather and organize all of the information you are likely to need.
Medical Records Release
If you need to have medical records transferred from one medical provider or facility to another, or for any other purpose you'll need to give consent authorizing the release of your protected health information. Here are some good examples to review:
- Release for Medical Records: Release document authorizing transfer of medical records to confirm disability for the purposes of retiree benefits processing for the Pennsylvania Teacher's Retirement System
Each medical provider has its own medical release documentation; you will need to sign paperwork specific to any medical facility that has records relating to your prior care.
Consent to Veterinary Treatment
If you own a pet, you'll need to sign a release form authorizing your veterinarian to perform tests, give vaccinations and provide medical treatments and care.
- Ballston Animal Hospital: Consent for treatments required by pet owners who utilize the services of Ballston Animal Hospital
- Veterinary Surgery Consent Form: Example veterinary consent form specific to surgical procedures used by Veterinary Medical Center of the Gulf Coast in Angleton, TX
As with medical facilities that treat human patients, veterinary clinics are not likely to accept any release forms other than their own.
Importance of Medical Release Documents
Medical professionals cannot perform services without receiving informed consent from the patient or a responsible party. Signing this type of document gives permission for services to be rendered and provides a release of liability associated with services rendered. Consent forms also typically include language obligating the signer to cover incurred medical expenses. Most importantly, however, signing the form may mean the difference between getting prompt medical attention and avoiding unnecessary pain and suffering resulting from delays.