Camera phones in the ER - page 3

by LeahJet 5,392 Views | 36 Comments

The other day, while in triage, I was confronted by a woman. I had triaged her earlier....she had an abscess that probably needed I&D, therefore she needed a room in the area of our ED where we put our lacs and abscesses. I had... Read More


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    Quote from stevielynn
    We have telemedicine for that. Our hospital is rural and it is great to be able to have consults over tv.

    steph
    Would love that. We are rural and have no such beast so the phone came in handy once.
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    Thanks to working in the ER I know that it can be a very scarey place out there. I would be very upset and scared if I thought a stranger was taking my picture, but I can't really explain why I feel like that. Quess I've seen one too many murder mysteries.
    I like thinking that I am a pretty ananimous person, a small fry. I hope I never see anyone doing that around me.
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    We had that problem for a while in our ED. Our security deptartment though is right on top of that and WILL make the person taking the pictures erase them and/or be escorted out of the ED. It is not tolerated. We cannot take pictures of our clients without their permission and they are not allowed to take ours. We have plenty of notices posted to that effect. The patients have rights, and the staf has rights.
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    Quote from NativeSundance
    We had that problem for a while in our ED. Our security deptartment though is right on top of that and WILL make the person taking the pictures erase them and/or be escorted out of the ED. It is not tolerated. We cannot take pictures of our clients without their permission and they are not allowed to take ours. We have plenty of notices posted to that effect. The patients have rights, and the staf has rights.
    I wish our ER/security was as supportive as yours. Even though I made out an incident report and voiced my concern......I doubt anything will be done.
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    A daughter of a ltc resident took pictures of her mothers bm because she felt her mom was getting too much mom. She made the pictures as big as she could for me but they weren't very clear. The daughter was present every day so I just asked her before giving a laxative. If she had seen a bm I didnt give mom. Certainly not when the daughter was present.
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    Quote from Katnip
    This thread is getting off track. No personal attacks, please. Just stick to the topic.

    As for the OP I'd be extermely insulted if someone went around taking pictures of me without my permission. In most places it's not illegal, though.

    But a hospital can and should have a policy against having video or audio recording equipment if, for nothing else HIPAA reasons.
    Yes exactley, Id be ******!
    Last edit by rn/writer on Apr 7, '08 : Reason: Edited disallowed word to all asterisks.
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    We, the hospital I work in, do have policies against taking pictures in our ED or the hospital in general. If you take my picture without my permission, watch out. I wont be pushed around by anyone. It's time nurses stand up for themselves and stop all this subservient crap.:bowingpur

    People have no right to push us around and treat us like their personal handmaiden. In GA if someone throws stool at you, or urine, did you know that it is assault.

    So take my picture at 3am and see how well that goes over. Our secruity is the greatest, besides, I am the pretty nurse and don't want my face splattered all over the internet!!!
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    LOL. You guys are so funny. I just came off a shift in the ER followed by a few hrs in the ICU and I needed a good laugh.(not at the topic but your sense of humor)
    I would be a little ticked off if someone took my pic also. I had a pt and her daughter(9) came into triage and her daughter flips open her cellphone as I am trying to triage her Mum. I asked her to turn it off immediately and she looked at me and stated "I'm talking". !!!!!
    Luckily Mum responded appropriately before I could!!
    I love the ER sometimes!!! Now I know my place in society.
    nono: :wink2:
    Last edit by Hagabel on Apr 7, '08
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    I have a feeling that considering nurses are an employee of the hospital, providing care in which the public is entitled to know whether they have a valid license or not in their field, I don't consider this an invasion of privacy.

    I wouldn't stress over a g-rated picture.

    In my area, we have RN's with their first and last names on billboards for advertisements.
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    Quote from Hopefull2009
    I have a feeling that considering nurses are an employee of the hospital, providing care in which the public is entitled to know whether they have a valid license or not in their field, I don't consider this an invasion of privacy.
    How is this different from licensed CPAs who are employed by an accounting firm, licensed MDs employed by a private practice, licensed attorneys employed by a law firm, etc.?

    I'm not following your logic. But if you are doing business at any of these examples I've listed above and take a picture of one of these professionals without their permission and try to explain that because they're licensed, it's not an invasion of privacy ... I want to be a fly on the wall so I can watch what happens next.


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