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Post MGlabtech: I am a labtech working at a large hospital. Over the last year I have been asked to report out questionable HIV results. When I protested to my supervisor that this was against practice standards he indicated I need to keep quiet and “just do my job”. I don’t want to lose my job, but I have been thinking of reporting this to state inspectors.

- Re: Ethicist: I think you have two options, Fight or Flight. You could leave and find another job. However, ethically you should expose the problem because this is a public safety issue, but you should be aware that you will face consequences. I suggest you begin to gather documentation to support your allegations. Then you need to follow the hospital’s chain of command to report the situation. Document the steps you take to remedy this situation. Realize you may need to explore other employment options.

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