The police order stomach x-rays on a suspected thief who may have swallowed a
stash of diamonds. In this situation, the radiologist:
Must obtain consent from the patient unless he or she is competent.
Must seek consent from a police official.
Needs to obtain clearance from the patient's lawyer.
Can proceed without obtaining consent.
The unconscious victim of a train wreck is brought into the emergency room. Her
arm is irreparably mangled, and she will die unless it is amputated without delay.
Consent cannot be obtained (the patient is not competent to give consent and
there is no next of kin on hand). If the doctor operates, he or she:
Will be liable for battery.
Will have been acting within the law.
May face administrative sanctions.
Could be sued for negligence.
Therapeutic privilege CANNOT be exercised if the sole basis is a concern that
the patient will:
Respond poorly to treatment because of the information revealed.
Incur physical, psychological, or emotional harm.
Become incompetent to consent or refuse.
Refuse treatment as a result of the disclosure.
Which of the following situations DOES NOT represent a legitimate basis for an
exception to disclosure?
a. The patient has already experienced the risk or knows about it.
b. A resident recommends knee surgery without mentioning that a knee brace
would be a viable alternative to surgery.
c. Disclosure of all the pertinent information will jeopardize the success of a
d. The patient was admitted under emergency conditions, and there was no time
to disclose information or secure consent.
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