LEGAL QUESTIONS: “Family doctor” goes too far
PENNY SIMPSON BROOKE APRN, MS, JD

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Nursing2014
February 2005 
Volume 35  Number 2
Pages 73 - 73
 
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© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(2)             February 2005             p 73 “Family doctor” goes too far [LEGAL QUESTIONS: CONSULTATION BY A RELATIVE]

BROOKE, PENNY SIMPSON APRN, MS, JD

I recently cared for an elderly man who'd had a hip replacement. His nephew, who's an anesthesiologist at the hospital where I work, would just open up the patient's chart and give orders. Did he have a legal right to do that? —D.G., KY.

Even though this physician probably had the patient's best interests in mind, letting him read the chart and give orders was risky. Your letter suggests that he wasn't an official member of the patient's medical team. Had his uncle designated him as someone who could have access to his medical information?

If the anesthesiologist wasn't on his uncle's medical team and didn't have his uncle's ...

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