Informed Consent by Patient:
a.    Patient has to agree to be treated by physician.  If there will be an evasive procedure or a procedure with risks, then the patient has to consent to accept those risks.
b.    Consent = agreement; informed = knowledgable
c.    Most courts hold that the signing of papers when you are admitted into the hospital does not necessarily mean the patient was informed.  Presence of a consent form in and of itself does not constitute informed consent. There are few exceptions in Texas…see below.
d.    The big question is: what is the standard for giving information so as to constitute informed consent:
(1)    Most states use the reasonable patient standard.  What would a reasonable patient want to know under these circumstances?
(2)    Some states use the prudent physician standard.  What would a prudent physician provide to the patient?