Legal Question in Health Care Law in Virginia

If a minor is hospitalized and is found to have a positive blood/alcohol level, what is the law concerning notifying the parents?

Is there a confidentiality rule that practitioners must abide by?

Being that the recognized legal age for this type of notification is 18 years old, is there a limit on how young/old the child must be in order for parents to be notified?

Asked on 9/08/10, 1:22 pm

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Michael E. Hendrickson Attorney & Counsellor at Law
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I know of no legal requirement that parents of minors hospitalized (for whatever

reason) must be notified by hospital personnel of the minor's BAC level as determined by hospital testing.

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Answered on 9/18/10, 8:45 pm

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