Assault & Battery
assault includes a threat or attempt to injure, and battery includes the unlawful touching of another person without consent.
consent granted by a person after the patient has received knowledge and understanding of potential risks and benefits
Invasion of Privacy
unwelcome and unlawful intrusion into one's private life so as to cause outrage, mental suffering, or humiliation
a tort consisting of false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
a contract in which the terms are not expressly stated but can be inferred from the actions of the people involved and the circumstances
Information given by a patient to medical personnel which cannot be disclosed without consent of the person who gave it.
Health care records
contain information about the care provided to patient; must be kept confidential
The principle of law that prohibits the release of medical or other personal information about a patient without the patient's consent.
rights identified by OBRA for residents in long term care facilities; purpose is to inform residents and others of their rights within these facilities and to provide an ethical code of conduct for health care workers
documents that allow people to choose what kind of medical care they wish to have if they are unable to make those decisions themselves.
A document that indicates what medical intervention an individual wants if he or she becomes incapable of expressing those wishes.
DPOA for health care
allows a competent person to name someone else to exercise health related decisions