Call to organ donation center post pt death - page 4

by LogCabinMom 5,844 Views | 41 Comments

Hi there - I'm questioning a policy my hospital has and am wondering what other hospitals do. I have not encountered this at other hospitals mainly because they've been larger, and have had "death coordinators" to do this, so I... Read More


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    Yes. We always call. Even in the NICU with the 23-24 week preemies (who are never candidates).
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    This is an interesting thread for me... when I worked in the hospital, it was ALWAYS the attending MD who made the call. They called the ME and then they called the Organ Bank. The vast majority of our deaths were from cancer so the patients never qualified to be organ donors.
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    One of my Nursing school classmates works for the organ procurement center. She has weeks where she is on call to do the cornea harvesting, then other weeks were it is her job to approach the families. She really enjoys the harvesting, not so much the approaching loved ones. I have a badge for the organ procurement line with all the criteria that outlines a call to them.
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    Hmm, I didn't know anything about these calls. i guess where I work the doctors do this. No nurse that I work with has ever made a call of this type on my unit.
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    Quote from Altra
    It does not violate HIPAA. I have made these calls countless times. In my experience, call takes no more than 7-8 minutes provided that you have the appropriate information gathered before calling: patient demographics (including SS#), past medical history, and a timeline of the interventions leading to up to the patient's death.
    How does that NOT violate HIPAA? Next of kin has not given permission to disclose patient's PHI to a third party (yet). Are they exempt from HIPAA under federal law?
    Last edit by klone on Mar 12, '13
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    I imagine it is written in there somewhere. As i said in my first comment, HIPAA just makes it easier for the persons you DON'T want to have access, to have access....
    Quote from klone
    How does that NOT violate HIPAA? Next of kin has not given permission to disclose patient's PHI to a third party (yet). Are they exempt from HIPAA under federal law?
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    Quote from klone
    How does that NOT violate HIPAA? Next of kin has not given permission to disclose patient's PHI to a third party (yet). Are they exempt from HIPAA under federal law?
    It is the necessary disclosure of healthcare information in the care of that patient mandated by law.....it is a "need to know" situation.
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    BUT Esme! there is no patient! There is no care!
    Quote from Esme12
    It is the necessary disclosure of healthcare information in the care of that patient mandated by law.....it is a "need to know" situation.
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    Quote from klone
    How does that NOT violate HIPAA? Next of kin has not given permission to disclose patient's PHI to a third party (yet). Are they exempt from HIPAA under federal law?
    In the same way that it doesn't violate HIPAA to notify an insurance company of things going on with a patient or for me to call an MD about one of my Home Health patients. It is necessary to share information with these parties just as it is to notify the medical examiner and the local organ procurement organization about a death which occurs in the hospital.
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    apples and oranges.
    Quote from KelRN215
    In the same way that it doesn't violate HIPAA to notify an insurance company of things going on with a patient or for me to call an MD about one of my Home Health patients. It is necessary to share information with these parties just as it is to notify the medical examiner and the local organ procurement organization about a death which occurs in the hospital.


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