Conversion of property: Interference by the nurse with the right to possession of the patient’s property by either intermeddling or destroying the property. Invasion of Privacy- Violation of a right to keep information about self, family, and property from public scrutiny. Meaningful Use: The use of health information technologies to streamline storage and access of key data and improve patient outcomes. SBAR Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation Expert Witness: a person called to provide special information or opinions in cases that require special study or experience. Usually an instructor or nursing supervisor Can give opinions—usually testimony only allows facts Statute of Limitation- A time period after which a malpractice suit cannot be filed. Generally, 2 years after the discovery of injury In children, up to age 21 True Emergency: Exists when a person will either die or have a permanent injury if not treated immediately. Consent is considered implied; the person, if awake or able, would want care. Can be used with children under 18. Good Samaritan Law: Written to encourage health-care professionals to help in emergency situations. Reduces the professional liability when responsible care is used. Care given must be in the professional’s scope of practice and training. Rests on the concept of “implied consent.” Two types of Advance Directives Living Will: Document stating what health care a client will accept or refuse after the client is no longer competent or able to make that decision. Medical Durable Power of Attorney: Health-care proxy, designates another person to make health-care decisions for a person if the client becomes incompetent or unable to make such decisions. Patient Self-Determination Act- Federal law that requires that all federally funded institutions inform clients of their right to prepare advance directives.
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