ADVICE, P.R.N.: Getting a read on the situation

July 2004 
Volume 34  Number 7
Pages 14 - 14
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(7)             July 2004             p 14 Getting a read on the situation [ADVICE, P.R.N.: PATIENTS' RIGHTS]

I work in the radiology department. Typically, patients who arrive in wheelchairs from the medical/surgical unit carry their charts on their laps. Many of them wind up reading their medical records while they're waiting. I know they have a right to see their medical records, but I'm not sure what to do when they ask me questions about something they read in the chart. Any suggestions? —J.F., VA.

Asking patients to hold their charts during transport is common practice in many hospitals. But as you imply, the process needs some context. A patient could easily be confused by unfamiliar terms and abbreviations or misinterpret information he reads in the chart.

Check your hospital's policy for guidelines on sharing ...

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