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Health Care Professionals and Bedbugs: An Ethical Analysis of a Resurgent Scourge.
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PMID:  23377893     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Many health care professionals (HCPs) are understandably reluctant to treat patients in environments infested with bedbugs, in part due to the risk of themselves becoming bedbug vectors to their own homes and workplaces. However, bedbugs are increasingly widespread in care settings, such as nursing homes, as well as in private homes visited by HCPs, leading to increased questions of how health care organizations and their staff ought to respond. This situation is associated with a range of ethical considerations including the duty of care, stigmatization, vulnerability, confidentiality, risks for third parties, and professional autonomy. In this article, we analyze these issues using a case study approach. We consider how patients whose living environments are infested with bedbugs can receive care in the community setting in a manner that supports their well-being, is consistent with fairness in care provision, and takes into account risks for HCPs and third parties. We also discuss limits and obstacles to the provision of care in these situations.
Authors:
Maude Laliberté; Matthew Hunt; Bryn Williams-Jones; Debbie Ehrmann Feldman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  HEC forum : an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-8498     ISO Abbreviation:  HEC Forum     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8917455     Medline TA:  HEC Forum     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Programmes de bioéthique, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville, Montreal, QC, H3C 3J7, Canada, maude.laliberte@umontreal.ca.
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