August 2003, Volume 33 Number 8 , p 78 - 79
© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 33(8) August 2003 p 7879 For whose eyes only? [LEGAL QUESTIONS: PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY]
BROOKE, PENNY SIMPSON APRN, MS, JD
Penny Simpson Brooke is a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing in Salt Lake City. She's also on the board of directors and president of the foundation of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.
In my first nursing position, I'm learning the ropes about documentation in our hospital. My preceptor has approved my charting so far and I haven't had to fill out any incident reports. But for future reference, could you explain who's legally allowed to see a patient's records (meaning the chart, incident reports, X-rays, ECG printouts, and any other records the hospital keeps for each patient)?C.W., LA.
Patient confidentiality and privacy ...