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All health care DO: All providers, including social workers are required to respect patient confidentiality, just like dentists, physicians, nurses, and pas. In the case of suspected child abuse for example, it is normall legally required for the provider to alert the authorities (child protection services). There are other situations that would require alerting authorities such as elder abuse and death threats. ...Read more
A team!: Hospice teams involve a doctor, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, pastoral care, volunteers, choreworkers, and others. A patient and family will typically interact with all of these clinicians over the course of care. Most hospice have a primary nurse who is the clinician they see the most. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Geriatrics md: how can nursing home refuse to share care plan with woman's child citing hipaa even before she moves in? Older nonmedical sib has poa.
HIPAA strictly: Demands that medical personnel do not discuss medical care issues with anyone but the person designated by the patient. It appears it is not you. Don't get mad at the nursing home, your beloved government came up with the rule. If they are ever found in contempt, the home is fined and potentially taken out of business. So there's that! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Most states do: As of 2011, 41 states allowed 16 year old blood donors with parental permission. To determine whether your state allows such donations, go the the web site for american red cross (http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/students/information-parents/information-student-athletes). ...Read more
Paperwork: Caregivers sometimes have various legal rights depending on what is needed and the wishes of the person for whom they are caring. Among these are healthcare proxy, which allows the caregiver to make decisions related to the person's medical care if they are unable to do so. Papers must be drawn up, signed, witnessed, attested-to, etc for these legal rights to be granted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check website: The american red cross has a page where you can enter your zip code and download the specific consent form required for your state if it is allowed: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/students/sixteen good luck! ...Read more
Don't understand: The question? There are really no teaching plans for altered mental status. You need to figure out the cause and treat it if possible. ...Read more
Patience/compassion: It is hard to watch a viable adult dwindle in to memory loss as with alzheimer's. Most people who communicate with them have patience, understanding, and can read body language and facial cues. Caregivers remember what these patients liked and how to help them and communicate that to nurses. Art, music, and old pictures reach the long term memories of these patients and that helps. ...Read more
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What are labouring woman's legal rights to refuse treatment she isn't convinced of? Do maternal rights trump fetal rights? Can doctor force treatment?
Total control: Women in labor might not be in the best physical/mental condition to make intelligent choices. But legally they have the final say in what could be done after their doctor explains the possible choices. This would include the risks of making the wrong choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does a mentally disabled patient's family & doctors have the right to make decisions on their behalf?
Guardianship: If they have been found legally incompetent to make these determinations then a guardian is appointed, who acts on the individual's behalf. Sometimes this is a family member and at times can be someone appointed by the court. Usually this occurs because the individual does not recognize the illness. Only in an emergency can the doctors act without the okay of the patient or legal guardian. ...Read more
Honor: The majority of encounters with patients do not involve things of which privacy is critical. Privacy enters when the issue is drug habits, sexual habits, criminal behavior and mental disorder. Significant legislation limits the passage of such information and patient permission is almost always required. The limits are legal allowances such as public health matters, and insurance inquiries. ...Read more
Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?
Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Legal question: It's a good idea to consult with your attorney regarding these legal questions. Courts of law determine whether a person is competent or not. This court's decision is usually informed by the report/testimony of a mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist) with expertise in competency evaluations. ...Read more
Why has the medical profession allowed insurance companies to intrude into their patients treatment?
We haven't : Listen, we never had any say so on it. ...Read more
In ca, if a patient's advanced directive says dnr, but the patient verbally states desire for resuscitation at hospital admission. What will happen?
Most recent is right: An advanced directive is just a statement of someone's wishes in the event of a serious illness. Wishes can change. The most recent and clear statement of intent is the one that counts. But it can't be some relative interpreting the patient's intent for them. The reason you need advanced directives is if the situation arises where a dnr is needed, the patient is usually too out of it to change it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer