What would be the nurse's best response? The daughter of an alert and oriented elderly client asks what her father's most recent blood glucose level was.
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A. Tell the client s daughter his blood glucose level because this test is performed on the nursing unit.
B. Ask the client s daughter if she has her father s permission to have access to his health information.
C. Check the nurse's notes to see if others have given the client s daughter this information.
D. Explain that under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, she can t disclose this information without the client s permission.
The correct answer is option D - explain that under the health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA) regulations, a nurse can’t disclose this information without the client's permission.
The nurse should explain to the daughter that it is against her professional ethics to disclose information that is regarded as confidential out to anyone. While explaining the health insurance and accountability act (HIPAA) to her, it must be done quietly, and the nurse must in no way violate the rule because it can cause her penalty like losing her license.
In cases where the nurse has explained everything to the daughter, and she still insists on knowing her father’s blood glucose level, then the nurse can invite another nurse or preferably a senior nurse to interfere in it.
HIPAA laws are health laws that were rather recently enacted in the health care field. It was created to protect the patient’s privacy. Paperwork is usually signed when the patient is administered to the hospital. The patient must sign the paperwork to denote which people may receive information about their diagnosis.
Otherwise, the diagnosis is kept a secret from others even if it a family member. The family member must have written permission to know about their family member’s medical information.
Therefore, if a daughter wants to know her father’s blood glucose level, then she can’t due to HIPAA laws. Only the father can disclose that or give permission for her to know. If he doesn’t, then the health care workers can’t disclose that.
Explain that under health insurance portability and accountability act (hipaa) regulations, she can\ t disclose this information without the client\ s permission.-rationale: hipaa prevents family members or friends from acquiring health information without consent of the client involved. whether the test was performed on the nursing unit or others had given the clients daughter this information is irrelevant; the clients test results are still protected health information. the nurse shouldnt ask the clients daughter if she has permission because doing so assumes the daughter is telling the truth. client needs category: safe, effective care environment client needs subcategory: management of care cognitive level: application reference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 256.