Hospital code of conduct

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Hospital code of conduct
Hospital codes of conduct govern all employees. (physician and nurse image by Volodymyr Vasylkiv from Fotolia.com)

A hospital code of conduct establishes guidelines for employee behaviour. Codes of conduct generally apply to hospital employees or others who provide services within the hospital. These codes of conduct vary between hospitals.

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Gifts

Most hospitals prohibit accepting gifts or gratuities of a substantial value from customers or vendors. Gifts of a nominal value may sometimes be accepted. For example, Central DuPage Hospital's code of conduct says, "Employees should not accept a gift of money or a gift token from a patient or a patient's family/friends. However, accepting a gift of flowers or candy is permissible."

Confidentiality

Hospital employees must protect legally confidential information about patients unless they have the patient's permission or in certain legal cases. They must also keep personnel and employee records and data confidential. Some hospitals protect information about their operations and strategies.

Conflicts of Interest

Hospital employees must avoid conflicts of interest, or situations in which an employee's personal life or outside relationships could influence his behaviour at work. Some hospitals prohibit behaviour that would appear to create a conflict of interest.

Recordkeeping

Most hospital codes of conduct address recordkeeping and disposal. Employees may not falsify or alter documents, and they must keep material in accordance with legal requirements and individual hospital policies.

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