I was wondering if anyone has heard about this or is experiencing this as well. I work on a cardiac tele unit with 52 private rooms. It's a very large unit and it has two distinct nursing stations. On each nursing station there is a board by the secertaries listing the room number, patient's name- it's also our way of listing what nurse and tech has assigned to them. We use to list the patient's last name, and if there are two people with same last name we would add a first initial. Now we are being told that it's not HIPAA compliant to list patient's name on the board. We now have to list the first 3 letters of their last name and the first initial. Now, what I don't understand is that anyone can call the hospital and find out if so-so is admitted, unless they chose to be a no-info patient. How is this any different? We are not listing any more type of identifying information other than a name which has multiple purpose- quick reference, let's the docs look and see where their patient's are, let's people know who the nurse is for a specific patient. What do other places do to display information? Any ideas how to make this better- I mean, a better way to display our assingments?
Jun 20, '10
by nursel56 Guide
Almost every facility I've ever been to has a dry erase board with names and assignments. In fast paced units, how do you more effectively keep up-to-date info about nurses, pending tests and discharges? Since most ERs do not have walls separating one bed from another, a total stranger can learn the intimate details of your sex life or other private subject matter discussed with the doctor or nurse. What bed number you occupy seems like small potatoes in comparison.
What about 4 bed wards? How is it that your roommate and their visitors can hear every single detail about you when the doctor comes in? What if the door is open to your room and someone you know glances in and sees you in there? I can see using initials on the board, but honestly-- the things that people are now designating HIPAA violations just defy common sense.
Last edit by nursel56 on Jun 20, '10
: Reason: reference to AA mtg removed.