duty to warn


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AIDS A legal duty imposed on a health care provider who learns that an HIV-infected patient is likely to transmit HIV to another identifiable person; state laws determine what actually constitutes a ‘duty to warn’
Psychiatry The ethical obligation that a doctor has to disclose the risk of suicide or other harm to a third party

duty to warn

AIDS A legal concept indicating that a health care provider who learns that an HIV-infected Pt is likely to transmit the virus to another identifiable person must take steps to warn that person

duty to warn

1. An obligation to advise a patient about potential risks of a treatment or procedure.
2. The obligation of health care providers to advise people of the potential risks that others may pose to them.
References in classic literature ?
If that fat girl ever gets a lover," she said indignantly, "I shall consider it my duty to warn the poor man before he marries her.
My dear children," pursued the black marble clergyman, with pathos, "this is a sad, a melancholy occasion; for it becomes my duty to warn you, that this girl, who might be one of God's own lambs, is a little castaway: not a member of the true flock, but evidently an interloper and an alien.
I've persuaded my conscience that it was a duty to warn him how people talked regarding his ways; and then I've recollected his confirmed bad habits, and, hopeless of benefiting him, have flinched from re-entering the dismal house, doubting if I could bear to be taken at my word.
That is a very pretty thing to say," she answered; "but it is my duty to warn you before you go farther.
I won't stop a minute; but you see I, that is, we--anyway, I have undertaken the duty to warn you, Kirylo Sidorovitch, that you are living in false security maybe.
It is my duty to warn you that it will be used against you," cried the inspector, with the magnificent fair play of the British criminal law.
We sincerely hope management comes to its senses, but we feel it is our civic duty to warn the public of this possible labor dispute," Coli said.
However, the duty to warn a third party may not be as clear cut where there is no readily identifiable victim.
It is our [TGC] duty to warn people that police may use real bullets at a peaceful protest.
Of course, ordinary men and women have a duty to warn the authorities if a person may be planning acts of violence.
The Middle District of Florida explained that McClelland's failure-to-warn claim was impliedly preempted because it was not based on common law, but rather based on Defendant's duty to warn pursuant to the FDCA and FDA regulations.
While there is no duty to make a product "idiot proof," there is a duty to warn against reasonably foreseeable risks.