Notice of Rights You as a patient will be informed of your rights in advance of furnishing or discontinuing patient care whenever possible.
Access to Care
You will be afforded impartial access to treatment or accommodations that are available or medically indicated, regardless of age, race, handicap, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, disability, veteran or other protected status or source of payment for care.
Respect and Dignity
You have the right to considerate, respectful care at all times and under all circumstances, with recognition of your personal dignity.
Privacy and Confidentiality
You have the right to personal privacy and to confidentiality of your clinical records.
Privacy applies in many ways, therefore you have the right to:
You as the patient have the right to:
Identity You as the patient have the right to:
Patient Information/Decisions You as the patient have the right to:
You and your family have the right to be informed about the outcomes of care, including unanticipated outcomes.
You (or your representative) have the right to make informed decisions regarding your care. Your rights include being informed of your health status, being involved in care planning and treatment and being able to request or refuse treatment. This right must not be construed as a mechanism to demand the provision of treatment or services deemed medically unnecessary or inappropriate.
You have the right to reasonable informed participation in decisions involving your healthcare. To the degree possible, this should be based on clear, concise explanation of your condition and of all proposed technical procedures, including the possibilities of any risk of mortality, serious side effects, problems related to recuperation and probability of success.
You will be informed if the hospital proposes to engage in or perform human experimentation or other research/educational projects requiring direct patient involvement and the right to refuse to participate in any such activity.
You have the right of access to people outside the hospital by means of visitors and by verbal and written communication.
If you do not speak or understand the predominant language of the community, you will have access to an interpreter.
Refusal of Treatment
You as the patient may refuse treatment or plan of care to the extent permitted by law and hospital policy and are to be informed of the medical consequences of this action. In cases of such refusal, you are entitled to other appropriate care and services that the hospital provides or transfer to another hospital. The hospital should notify you of any policy that might affect patient choice within the institution. When the refusal of treatment by you or your legally-authorized representative prevents the provision of appropriate care in accordance with ethical and professional standards, the relationship with you as the patient may be terminated upon reasonable notice.
Transfer and Continuity of Care
Advance Directives You as the patient have the right to provide the hospital staff with your decisions concerning medical care which is discussed in more detail in the Advance Directives Section of this booklet.
Hospital Charges You as the patient have the right to:
Withholding/Withdrawing Life Support Procedures
The policies describe:
Your rights will be respected when the withholding or withdrawing of resuscitative or life-sustaining procedures are requested.
Conflict of Care Issues – Ethics
You as the patient have the right to fair treatment conducted in an honest, decent and proper manner. You have the right to participate in ethical questions that arise in the course of your care, including issues of conflict resolution, withholding resuscitative services, forgoing or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and participation in investigational studies or clinical trials. If you have ethical issues that cannot be resolved with a department, please notify the nursing supervisor who will contact the Ethics Committee chairman.
Sources of Information: Code of Federal Regulations 42CFR482.13, 10/01/2002
AHA, A Patient’s Bill of Rights, 10/21/1992