Quote from Kytrejela
It's my understanding that privacy issues prevent further communication upon patient transfers out of the unit.
I work PICU, and we'll have patients come in as traumas and stay with us for a few weeks (or longer, depending on the situation...). When they leave us, they'll usually go to the floor for a while before going home or to rehab. There's nothing in our policies that states that once they're off our floor they're "inaccesible" to us. In fact, just yesterday I had a floor nurse call me up and suggest something she had thought of in the care of a kid I had. We frequently go to the floor to visit kids we had been involved with, and the same is true for floor nurses coming up to us. It happens especially with NICU babies who have "graduated" to the PICU ... their primaries will always come a-visiting. We welcome it, because often they know things about the kid that help us care for them better.
In fact, I was recently in a situation where I had really bonded with a baby we had for 6 months. When he went to a rehab hospital, I called them up and got them to check with the baby's dad and used to go visit him there.
Maybe it's a peds thing, all this love and visiting, but it definitely happens in our hospital. Not to say that we go and look up labs or rifle through charts, but we definitely stop by for visits after they've left us.