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Very Important Patients: Interpersonal and Institutional Conflict 

Very Important Patients: Interpersonal and Institutional Conflict
Chapter:
Very Important Patients: Interpersonal and Institutional Conflict
Source:
Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergency Medicine
Author(s):

Kelsey Nestor

and Carmen Wolfe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190066420.003.0015

Emergency medicine physicians often are faced with administrative requests to provide preferential care for special patients. Based on a patient’s celebrity status or simply their status within a specific hospital system, accommodations often are made for deviations in triage, alternate care teams, or treatment plans. How should we balance the additional needs of the VIP to maintain a level of privacy afforded to the general patient population, with the ethical calling to treat all patients equally regardless of status?

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