The legal and ethical implications of social media in the emergency department

Rachel Lyons, Courtney Reinisch

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Abstract

Social media is a growing and popular means of communication. It is understandable that health care providers may not share identifying information on patients through these sources. Challenges arise when patients and family members wish to record the care provided in the emergency department. The health care provider may be faced with an ethical and possibly legal dilemma when social media is present in the emergency department. This article seeks to discuss the legal and ethical principles surrounding social media in the emergency department.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • HIPAA
  • ethical and legal implications
  • social media

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