Unformatted text preview: the nurse is not in such a position. 3. That responsibility lies with the paramedics themselves. They should assume that every patient has HIV and protect themselves accordingly V. Winston’s Response A. It is naïve to think that emergency workers are always able to protect themselves from infectious disease. The very nature of their job makes them vulnerable to exposure B. The Vulnerability Principle states: our obligation to prevent a certain harm to a person who is vulnerable to that certain harm is weightier than our obligation to prevent a certain harm to a person who is not vulnerable to the harm. C. The gravity of the harm of HIV infection + Being vulnerable to HIV infection + Stringent obligation to protect the vulnerable = Requires physician to divulge otherwise personal HIV info to the vulnerable party...
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- Winter '08
- Infectious Disease, medical confidentiality