Which circumstance may lead the nurse legally and ethically disclose confidential information about a client?
A. A single male client s human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status to his family members B. A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer to a client s significant other C. A taxi driver s diagnosis of an uncontrolled seizure disorder to a state agency D. The fact that a woman is 32 weeks pregnant with twins to the husband from whom she is legally separated
There are many rules and laws in the health care industry that provide protection and confidentiality when it comes to the patient’s information. This information may include their medical or personal information. Sometimes, there may be a few times when it is important to reveal the medical information about a certain person.
This is because it may be harmful to either the person or others if the public is not made aware of that medical issues of a certain person. One example of this is a taxi driver. If a taxi driver has been diagnosed with uncontrollable seizures, that may be harmful to other drivers on the road. The taxi driver may have a seizure while driving. Therefore, the diagnosis should be told to a state agency.
A taxi driver\ s diagnosis of an uncontrolled seizure disorder to a state agency-rationale: a nurse may lawfully disclose confidential information about a client when the welfare of a person or group of people is at stake. a health care provider must inform the department of motor vehicles that the taxi driver has an uncontrolled seizure disorder; disclosing the condition is in the best interest of public safety and the clients well-being. confidentiality of hiv testing is required, but the client, whos hiv positive, should be encouraged to share the information with his family. many state legislatures require maintaining confidentiality of hiv testing. the nurse may not disclose a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer or a pregnancy because these situations dont affect the welfare of a group of people.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: management of carecognitive level: applicationreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 129.