You admit a pt. The pt is admitted to a semi-private room with a roommate. You start your admission assessment and questioning. You use a generic admissions questionaire that the facility requires you fill out. Even though you are as quiet as possible, the roommate over hears your conversation. Then, the new admission states that his/her HIPPAA rights have been violated and he/she is embarrassed.
Is this truly a HIPPAA violation? And if so, how do you avoid this if you have semi-private rooms. I read somewhere about "incidentals." Any help would be appreciated.
Sep 20, '08
Quote from blondy2061h
obviously. but think about the infection risk, the lack of rest (your room mate has the tv blaring all night and there's nothing you can do about it), and the privacy issue. it really is rather backwards and inappropriate.
i was in the hospital last year with a stomach flu and was having constant diarrhea. i both my room mates and i were on i&os, so every time i went in the bathroom i had to lift her urine-filled hat out and put my own in. it was nasty, and the aids and nurses never seemed to be around to do it. probably because the hospital is infamous for poor staffing. then i kept having diarrhea and my poor room mate had to use the toilet i just had huge amounts of diarrhea into. it's disgusting.
then imagine having someone just a curtain away while you're having a foley put in. how was that make you feel?
even if you just had a regular outpatient physical being done, how would you feel if someone else was in the room with you?
i know it's a huge cost to change things, but i really can't believe we consider this acceptable.
[font="comic sans ms"]i've been a patient in a double room and have horror stories to match yours -- and i've experienced the curtain being whisked aside just as my nurse is putting in my foley. i know how it feels. on the other hand, you clearly have no idea how much it would cost to just find double rooms unacceptable. and double rooms are an enormous improvement upon the wards we used to have. health care costs are already spiralling out of control. as uncomfortable as a double room can be, i'd much prefer that to a 16 bed ward with no tv, no telephone and no bathroom at all.
as new hospitals and new wings are being built, the more affluent ones will start phasing out the double rooms. but that process is a long time in coming. in the meantime, we'll all just have to suck it up and deal with the double rooms.
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