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Why a Medical Chaperone Policy?
Among other reasons, the goals of this policy are to:
This policy defines intimate examinations to include genital, pelvic, rectal, and breast exams. SHS recognizes that some patients consider any visual exam or palpation of a body part that is normally covered by clothing to be intimate. For this reason, SHS will also accept and respect our patients’ right to request a medical chaperone for any exam they feel would make them uncomfortable, even if it falls outside this policy’s definition of an intimate examination.
This person is an objective observer with medical training who, by mutual understanding and agreement, is present during an exam or procedure to support patient dignity, privacy and consent, and to foster effective communication between clinician and patient.
In the SHS clinic, medical assistants and nursing staff will serve as medical chaperones. A patient’s friend or family serving as their companion is not a substitute for a trained medical chaperone.