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November 14, 2018

The High-Profile Patient—Ensuring Good Care for the Entire Hospital

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  • 1Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit, Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • 2Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
JAMA Surg. Published online November 14, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.3537

The opportunity to care for the high-profile or celebrity patient can be a source of recognition and pride for a hospital. That said, caring for this numerically small but reputationally outsized population cannot be allowed to distract from the care of other patients. The high-profile patient can inadvertently disrupt the ability to provide routine care as a result of his or her expectations and demands, the effect of his or her social status on caregivers, or as a result of the measures taken to protect his or her privacy. While there is helpful literature on how to appropriately care for the high-profile patient,1-4 these approaches must be nested in a perspective of ensuring high-quality and reliable care for all patients and protecting their privacy.

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