Studied without consent: hairy informed consent issues

On Monday, Duke University will begin “enrolling” patients in a “study on PolyHeme”:, a synthetic blood compatible with all blood types with a shelf life of a year. Since emergency victims are the patients, an informed consent (required in all but weird cases, including studies on emergency trauma victims) will not be required. There are opt-out strategies, such as sending email to some guy at Duke, but quite frankly this seems unwieldy.

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