Infected or Substance-Abuse-Impaired Radiologist
Radiologists who suffer from certain physical conditions may pose a potential risk to their patients. This problem has been exacerbated in recent years with the increase in radiologists who have a transmissible blood-borne disease or who are impaired by substance abuse. In addition to the direct liability of the infected or impaired radiologist whose conduct leads to patient injury, the radiology group or hospital may also be liable if it knew or should have known of the radiologist’s condition. A related issue is whether a radiologist’s infected or impaired status must be disclosed as part of the informed consent process.
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