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08/18/2006

Terri Schiavo’s nurse keeps license

The Florida Board of Nursing dismissed a complaint against Carla Sauer-Iyer that could have resulted in permanent revocation of her nursing license.

The complaint had been filed by a Massachusetts supporter of Michael Schiavo, alleging that Ms. Sauer-Iyer had breached nursing standards by speaking publicly about the Schiavo’s dispute with the parents of Terri Schindler Schiavo.

An attorney from the Florida Board of Health told the nursing board that the rules requiring nurses not to disclose patient information also required them to report abuse and neglect.

“It appears [Sauer-Iyer] made a public position solely with the intent to protect the patient,” Assistant General Counsel Kathryn Price told The Ledger.

“Once someone’s medical condition is placed at issue in litigation, there is no privilege of confidentiality,” stated Francis Manion of the American Center for Law & Justice, who represented Sauer-Iyer (Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com 8/18/06).

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