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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
Depends: Generally employee health records are not readily available except in cases of information on fmla forms and sometimes for particular job requirements. People should know that more information is available to employers in regards to diagnoses, etc when they get that information from employer sponsored health plans. ...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
Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?
Clarify: Not sure what you need. Will you clarify? ...Read more
Share facilities: This actually is purely a matter of the facility policy, which differs from place to place. Medically there is no reason why a facility can't be shared with proper hygience. It's usually just a matter of convenience and sometimes of psychological factors and personal preferences. ...Read more
Yes, but...: ...Guess what? Insurance companies can also look at your paper records too. Built into the contracts they sign with doctors, insurance companies can "audit" a physician to look at their clinical notes. This is to prevent overbilling or incorrectly billing. So your insurance company already has access to all of your medical records. An ehr would make it easier to share those records. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do medical doctors/nurses/hospitals have legal accountability to me (consumer/customer) or the insurance company?
Lawyer : Talk to your lawyer if you want legal help, this site is addressing medical concerns. ...Read more
Healthcare: Same as elsewhere, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: In case of disaster, the patient records might be lost if they are on paper or stored on a computer server. Nowadays, more and more doctors offices have "cloud based" EMRs (electronic med records) so even if a clinic were to be destroyed, the records are safe. It's a good idea to keep your own set of "records" in case of disaster (meds, important medical information) that you can take with you. ...Read moreSee 15 more doctor answers
It depends: If it's clear that you are yourself putting someone in danger, the therapist has obligations under the law to protect that person. If you just want to tell about having been through something bad, years ago, the therapist won't make a police report, though he/she may discuss how you may act on your options. ...Read more
If they know what: Is ethical, moral, and just, they should. ...Read more
Abused by teacher in '80s. School never believed me/my parents. Abuser now sunday school teacher at church. How can I be credible in warning church?
See below: If you ask any doctor or hospital in your area, they can direct you to the local hotline. They can then help you find a safe house or contact law enforcement. Another option is the national domestic violence hotline (www.Thehotline.Org) at 1-800-799-safe. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I got pulled over and the police officer told me I was going 10 over but put that I was going 12 over on the ticket?
Wrong forum: This is about medicine, not about traffic law. I'm sorry you suffered this minor injustice after breaking the law. Most of us hope you will be extra-careful to drive safely. ...Read more
Solitary Kidney: It depends on your department's policy but I don't see why not. Those with one kidney, barring any other health issue or genetic predisposition, can live perfectly normal lives. You just need to be careful to not expose your kidney to harm- i.e. specific meds or surgeries. ...Read more
Police officers are: exposed to traumatic events on a frequent basis. It is important for them to have opportunuies to process all these traumas. Police departments are aware of this but often do not do enough to help their staff work through these events. ...Read more
Woke 4am sat morn and worked 9hrs came home then went to reserve as a police officer till 2am next morn got cold chills temp was 95.9? Any answers?
Fatigue/Endocrine: This could just be extreme fatigue, which puts a lot of stress of on the body and can make you feel week and tired and may effect body temp in a few ways. If you have an adrenal problem or thyroid problem (both controlled by the brain) and there is stress on the body like being up excessive hours this can cause effects to be felt at multiple other areas of the body, this is the endocrine system ...Read more
Many ways: See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/police-health-risks-sleep-metabolic-syndrome-shift-work_n_1665979.htmlGet a more detailed answer ›
Im a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds arent even helping. Help?
More info needed: If asthma has been bad past week or two & you've had a cold or flu perhaps you have an acute exacerbation needing oral Prednisone for 5 days. If you & your doctor are having trouble controlling ongoing asthma think about contributing causes like reflux or chronic sinusitis. If despite all efforts asthma is refractory to treatment oxalizumab (xolair) could be a consideration for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
About joining the military or being a police officer. What jobs can get or not because of my history with mental illness?
Not enough info.: It depends on the type & extent of mental health illness. Please check these standards to determine if your condition is disqualifying for military service: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic.Htm. Many police departments do independent psychological screening for applicants. ...Read more
Suffering from Coccydynia since last 3 years, want to become a police officer hence want to do bodybuilding, if I do so then will it cause any damage?
No if U can tol-: -the pain. but in that line of work, U R on Ur butt 4 hrs./day. I would rec U C a surgeon familiar with excision of the coccyx 4 a consult. I have excised about 20, in similar circumstances & all R better, & no complaints. the Dx can B made just by physical exam. it is close 2 the rectum, so choose carefully. ...Read more
Hello,I am a police officer and was searching a drug users bag.I was pricked barely getting under skin.I found no syringes justgarbage.should I worry?
Skin prick: Bleed? Open wound ? The risk is very low. But follow up with occupational health and have HIV, hep C and hep B titers drawn now at 1 month and in 6 months . Discuss 10 days of post exposure prophylaxis if open wound or bleed; again the risk is very low. Consider gloves; http://www.superiorglove.com/work-gloves/cut-resistant-gloves http://www.appliedresponsesolutions.com/00115.html ...Read more
I'm a police officer with disabling back pain. My dr wont write a letter for my pension so i can retire even tho he said i can't do this anymore. Help?
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Doubtful: I don't think it would be a wise career choice for you. ...Read more
I am wondering if I can join the navy with hypothyroidism I would really like to be a police officer after the military ?
Would having clinical depression (mild) on my record hurt my chances of becoming a police officer?
I don't think so: I have treated police officers and they continued to work. Treatment should be confidential and is a sign of strength that someone sought help. I think that having depression gives a person more empathy towards other people's problems which is a good trait for a police officer. ...Read more
What's to be expected? Might they let people with something like cystic fibrosis be a police officer?
Depends on lung func: Because the job requirements for a police officer may require good lung function, it depends on the severity of CF & the concerned individual's lung function. There is a wide spectrum of severity of lung disease in patients with cf, so talk to your CF doctor about your individual profile, lung function & how it compares to the expected lung function requirements for a police officer. ...Read more
If I had seasonal allergies when I was younger will it prevent me from becoming a police officer or joining the air force?
See enclosed site: The allerigic causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are: allergic manifestations. A reliable history of anaphylaxis to stinging insects. Reliable history of a moderate to severe reaction to common foods, spices, or food additives. See this site for full review: http://www.Military.Com/join-armed-forces/disqualifiers-medical-conditions.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a very mild form of cystic fibrosis and want to become a police officer. If i'm in great physical shape do you think they will consider me?
Cystic fibrosis: That question is likely covered by a written policy specific to your possible employer. Just remember that failing to reveal a medical condition prior to employment might be grounds for firing you at a later time. For example, if you have active asthma when you apply for military service, their policy is to exclude you from consideration. ...Read more
Hello. I'm a front line Police officer and have fractured both elbows. Radial hairline fractures. How long should i have off work?
Hairline fractures: Typically heal over 6-8 weeks and the pain improves in 4 weeks or so. It may take you up to 6 weeks to be able to do the things you do on the front line. I usually let pain be your guide but overall I would suggest at least a month of light duty. God bless you and thank you for your service. ...Read more