Critical care providers are often privy to confidential information in the course of clinical practice. A dilemma can arise when confidential information is requested by family members or friends of the patient. Critical care nurses must be aware of the regulations regarding confidentiality, as well as situations where the use and disclosure of protected health information are permitted.
Columns| October 01 2012
Claire McGowan, RN, MS, JD, ACNP, CCRN
Claire McGowan is a nurse practitioner who was in the hospital medicine service at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, when this article was written. She is currently a risk manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Corresponding author: Claire McGowan, rn, ms, jd, acnp, ccrn, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2012) 32 (5): 61–64.
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Claire McGowan; Patients’ Confidentiality. Crit Care Nurse 1 October 2012; 32 (5): 61–64. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2012135
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