Could I please get some input on this problem that has bothered me since I first heard about HIPPA?
How do you deal with new admits to rooms with a patient and family already in the room. A lot of personal information is exchanged during the admission interview and assessment. I have asked the roomates visitors to step out of the room before and this is sometimes done and other times refused. I had one lady report me because I made her visitors leave.
Also, you can't make a patient leave his/her room and I had a new admit get very angry with me because she heard her room mate and her daughter talking about her diagnosis once.
I try to be very quiet so that we can't be heard on the other side of the curtain but that can't always be done with the new pt who is hard of hearing and asking you to speak up all the time.
Its getting to the point that I would just rather go to the emergency room before my pt is brought up and do the admission. But who has time for that?
Feb 7, '04
While not practical, you not only desire but must REQUIRE all private rooms to be in compliance with HIPAA. Even IF you accomplish admissions processes privately, You can NOT teach them privately regarding their medical conditions and home care. Nor can you treat them privately. Just having a semi-private room violates the basic tenets (however annoying and frustrating they are) of HIPAA. I don't know the answer. Those hospitals and personnel with semiprivate rooms are violating HIPAA daily.
Total Compliance is IMPOSSIBLE.
Perhaps, IF fined enough, maybe the funds to make all rooms private won't seem so excessive to such institutions. I dont' know....
Which will be a cold day in hell in military hospitals. UGH.
My HIPAA rights and those of my roommate were violated the first day I arrived. I knew HER condition, and she was privvy to mine,just hearing what was going on. How do nurses say a THING to you w/o your roommate and her family hearing it? How do the doctors, making rounds, examine you and NOT reveal a THING about your condition thru a paper-thin curtain??? THIS IS WRONG!!!! She knew I lost a baby, not just had surgery.
Which brings up another concern: visits from clergy/religious leaders/healers. In My case, the military chaplain came to see me and it was NOT a totally private conversation. Her family was respectful and did leave. And As nice as she was, still, it was not fair. And it angered me. NOT as I could ask HER to get out HER bed and leave us alone hmm???!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 7, '04