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Reconsidering Privacy

      Recently I spent 2 nights in 2 different emergency departments with each of my parents. These experiences were very different in terms of privacy. With my father we went to a smaller community hospital, where he was cared for in an individual room. This room had a door, and although multiple personnel and providers accessed the room, it was reasonable to assume that no one outside the room overheard the many conversations, nor did we overhear conversations other patients and their healthcare providers were having.
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      References

        • American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights
        Position statement on privacy and confidentiality. 2015.
        • USDHHS Office for Civil Rights
        HIPAA Privacy Rule. 2022.