Recently I had a patient who had a 24hour caregiver and passed away. Right after, a new patient went in their room... They had a history of falls. Over the holiday a caregiver came in for their room and I said "for this room ?are you sure?" She said "yes this is the room the agency told me to go to.." I Stated the patients name and she said "yes that is the right patient."
Once 5am rolls by the caregiver went on her computer and noticed the patients name she was assigned to didn't match the room number... In fact, the patient she was assigned to was different gender. So she came up to me stated she must be at the wrong facility and I said "who were you supposed to be for ?" And she stated the name and it was the patient that was previously in this room and that patient had passed away. she was covering for a caregiver over the holidays and the agency never informed her that the patient had passed. She took care of this patient for 10 hours before she realized it was the wrong patient.
I charted all of this and even let the family know and they stated, "wow you got lucky! It must've been an easy night."
But now I'm worrying , hipaa violation? Or am I making this more of a big deal than it is?