A local politician is admitted to the emergency department. The nurse notices a staff member not involved with the care of this client reading his medical record. The nurse knows this is a violation of which of the following?

  • the Patient’s Bill of Rights
  • the Patient Self-Determination Act
  • the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
Number 3 is correct.
HIPAA protects personal information that should be shared only with personnel directly involved in client care. The Patient’s Bill of Rights states an individual’s right to health care. The Patient Self-Determination Act addresses the individual’s right to make decisions about his health care. The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act addresses the donation of body parts by the individual for the purpose of education, science, and medicine.