"Sorry, no patient by that name here" - page 2

Some complaints about the HIIPA regulations regarding interactions with the public We live in a small town, where it woundn't be unusual for someone to approach the nurses station and say "I think... Read More

  1. by   RainbowzLPN
    We were talking about this last night @ dinner, actually. It wasn't uncommon for someone to look in the computer to see if a pt was on another floor (if the visitors were told the wrong one). Now, it's complicated, asking who the people are, & if they aren't someone the pt wants info given to..... many visitors don't understand this. I'm impressed that the whole privacy issue has been given public attention: commercials & stuff. Hoping it gets easier to deal with!
  2. by   LLDPaRN
    While I agree that patient privacy needs to be protected, I can't help thinking that the people who write the laws (that is, our congressmen and Senators) don't usually have a clue about the impact of their actions, and that some of the provisions they insert into various bills can make it difficult for those affected by the laws they author. As I said, I agree that patient privacy should be maintained as much as possible. I agree with the suggestions above about having an article in the local paper about how the law applies "in real life" or the recording.

    Laurie
    Not so newly minted MSN
  3. by   PJRNC2
    At our one hospital. flowers can not even be delievered unless the patient has indicated that it is alright (the newspaper did run an infomational peice).
  4. by   webbiedebbie
    I understand about patients not wanting certain visitors coming to see them and I respect their wishes. But what about doctors offices? I hate having to sign in on a list where other names are written. Can't avoid seeing people waiting in the office to see the docs either. So, I'm confused about this and wonder why this is for hospitals only. Seems to me that visiting a patient in the hospital is now by "invitation only". And what about the pharmacies where you have to sign that you picked up a prescription on a page with other names on it? Isn't that an invasion of privacy?
  5. by   JohnnyGage
    I agree that the HIPPA is a good idea... but I also think there needs to be some balance. What that balance would be, I don't know. Saw this today on NursToon...



  6. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    Originally posted by gizzy76
    In the Long Term Care facility where I work, right by the entrance doors there is a list of the rooms and who occupies them. I do not agree with that b/c I think it is an invasion of privacy. Just yesterday a couple where standing by the door reading the list. I asked if they needed some help finding someone and then said, "Oh no, we know where to go. We were just seeing who else is here."
    I was speechless. What do you say to that? Considering that every name in the facility is posted right there for anyone to see?
    We talked about this in our HIPPA training class. We also have a board with names and room numbers by the front entrance. We were told that families were asked, either on admission or when they signed the paper stating that they had recieved a copy of the law, if they wanted the name and room posted on the board. If they don't want it posted there is just a blank spot there and we are not to tell anyone who is in that room.
  7. by   susanmary
    Originally posted by PJRNC2
    At our one hospital. flowers can not even be delievered unless the patient has indicated that it is alright (the newspaper did run an infomational peice).
    Can I have the rejected flowers?
  8. by   susanmary
    I agree -- patient's are asked confidential questions in admitting --often with other employees/patient's within hearing distance.

    What about doctor's who continue to round and/or discuss patient's cases in DOUBLE ROOMS and in the halls. This is possibly one of the worst infractions of patient privacy ... and drives me crazy. What about nurses (we know who we are) who give report at the desk or do walking report -- again infractions of patient privacy. It is not feasible to have a 100% "patient private" facility -- but there is much we can do to improve confidentiality.

    Sue
  9. by   ceecel.dee
    Love the recording idea with incoming calls!
    I'll suggest it, thanks! :kiss
  10. by   AllieElizAbeth
    JohnnyGage,
    LOL @ the cartoon. The nurse must had been a blonde.
    You know how you know a blonde been using your computer? the computer screen has white out on it.
  11. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    Originally posted by AllieElizAbeth
    JohnnyGage,
    LOL @ the cartoon. The nurse must had been a blonde.
    You know how you know a blonde been using your computer? the computer screen has white out on it.
    HEY NOW!! I resemble that remark! :chuckle

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