A nurse on the medical surgical floor is caring for a patient admitted to the hospital after the patient was assaulted by their spouse. The nurse is paged to the nurses' station for a phone call. The caller is requesting information on the status of the patient that was admitted after being assaulted. The nurse knows it is appropriate to discuss which of the following with the caller?


Patients who have been admitted for instances of suspected spousal abuse are not listed in the hospital patient directory for safety purposes. If someone calls to request information about a patient admitted after a spousal assault, they may be "fishing" for information to attempt to locate the patient. In order to protect these patients, no information should be provided that would indicate that the patient is currently admitted to the hospital.

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