Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 449.25

  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Promulgate: when used in connection with a rule, as defined under…. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
   (1)    Any optometrist who treats a patient shall inform the patient about the availability of reasonable alternate modes of treatment and about the benefits and risks of these treatments. The reasonable optometrist standard is the standard for informing a patient under this section. The reasonable optometrist standard requires disclosure only of information that a reasonable optometrist would know and disclose under the circumstances. The optometrist’s duty to inform the patient under this section does not require disclosure of any of the following:
      (a)    Detailed technical information that in all probability a patient would not understand.
      (b)    Risks apparent or known to the patient.
      (c)    Extremely remote possibilities that might falsely or detrimentally alarm the patient.
      (d)    Information in emergencies where failure to provide treatment would be more harmful to the patient than treatment.
      (e)    Information in cases where the patient is incapable of consenting.
      (f)    Information about alternate modes of treatment for any condition the optometrist has not included in his or her diagnosis at the time the optometrist informs the patient.
   (2)   The examining board shall promulgate rules implementing sub. (1).