a crime more serious than a misdemeanor and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or death
(n.) a crime or offense that is less serious than a felony; any minor misbehavior or misconduct
standards of care
detailed guidelines describing the minimal nursing care that can reasonably be expected to ensure high quality care in a defined situation (eg, a medical diagnosis or a diagnostic test)
Americans with Disabilities act (ADA)
makes accessiblitiy to public buildings a civil right of all Americans
Mental health parity act
A statute that forbids health plans from placing lifetime or annual limits on mental health coverage that are less generous than those placed on medical or surgical benefits.
legal documents used to indicate care wishes and limit the amount of unwanted aggressive treatment and terminal illness. aim to provide "clear and convincing proof" of wishes
patient self determination act
requires healthcare facilities to provide written information on the patient's right to execute advance directives & to accept or refuse medical treatment
document that allows individuals to state what measures should be taken to prolong their lives if they have a terminal condition
durable power of attorney
a legal agreement that allows an agent or representative of the patient to act on behalf of the patient.
uniform anatomical gift act
allows person 18 years or older and of sound mind to make a gift of any or all parts of their body for purposes of organ transplantation or medical research
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act - 1996- written to protect the privacy of health info.
nursing home reform act
gave residents the right to be free of unnecessary and inappropriate restraints.
uniform determination of death act
A proposal that established uniform guidelines for determining when death has occurred.
depriving a person of freedom of movement without the persons consent and without privilege
defamation of character
Damaging a person's reputation by making public statements that are both false and malicious
a tort consisting of false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
consent by a patient to undergo a medical or surgical treatment or to participate in an experiment after the patient understands the risks involved