HS101: A Day in the Life – Unit 8 Project Part I: A patient has just left the office after having an outpatient surgery procedure. As you get ready to put away the patient’s file, you realize that the patient has forgotten to take his prescriptions and after-care instruction sheets home with him. It is vital for proper healing and recovery for the patient to have these documents. You know you will have to contact this patient so you look inside for his contact information and signed HIPAA Release of Information form.
1. Under HIPAA, are you legally allowed to view this patient’s medical information? Why or why not?
Under HIPAA, I would not be legally allowed to view this patient’s medical information. As a certified medical…show more content… A sense of responsibility can become weakened when one is faced with peer pressure. So to stop and think about the rules and actions I must take before acting made it possible for me to be able to “answer” or be accountable for my actions.
Justice was also demonstrated in this situation, by performing fairness in my actions, and not treating one patient differently then another. Justice entails that the same rules will apply to everyone. This means that as healthcare workers we cannot show favoritism with our patients or our coworkers. Part II: A few days later, you’re on the job and answering the phone while the physician you are working for and your office manager are at lunch. The patient calls back to the office complaining of immense pain. Since you hate to see patient in pain, you pull the patient’s record and see that the physician has prescribed the patient pain medication in the past. Seeing this, you go ahead and order the same prescription for the patient. Later that day, you find out that the patient has suffered a cardiac arrest due to a medication interaction…
1. Would the action taken in this scenario be within your scope of practice for your chosen field? Why or why not?
The action taken in this scenario is not within my scope of practice in my chosen field. Because I am not a doctor you cannot prescribe a medication. This is in no way tolerable and could have serious