Quote from FCMike11
I didnt bother disclosing this to you guys, but this person's cause of death and hospital he went to were public knowledge. <----this right here was the only reason I gave it a second thought and considered it.
"but even asking this question exemplifies your need for more better practice" <---Was this necessary? I think it was clear I understood HIPAA. As far as meeting my "need for more better practice", I think all is lost.
Mike, even if you do not name this individual you have given enough identifying information for us to identify this person. How many celebrities died around 2009? How many of those were male? How many of those died from a MI? How many of those died within a hospital? Not many people die within a hospital, let alone a celebrity.
Did you discuss the care and unique identifiers of this celebrity to your colleagues? Somehow I cannot imagine that this individual’s identification was kept a secret if you are willing to identify him in front of strangers on an internet forum.
I think it is clear that you do not understand HIPAA as the previous poster pointed out. It is immoral and illegal to divulge privileged information without express permission, even information from the deceased. Did you
receive express permission from the patient or responsible party? It does not matter if the circumstances surrounding this individual became public knowledge, it is not your place to violate the privileged information that you were a party to.
The trust that is given to nurses is sacred and the covenant formed between the patient and nurse should never be violated, EVER, even if someone wants to name-drop a celebrity to make their otherwise dull paper interesting.
You are a professional, act like it.