hipaa violation??? - page 2

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Is it ok to for employers to make nurses leave documentaion where anyone, including family members can read it? We do this where I work and I think it violates the hipaa regs. Anyone have an opinion?... Read More


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    Years ago, before HIPAA, I was in the hospital after delivering my now 18 year old son. Back then the charts were hung from the foot of the bed, if you're old like me you can picture it!! Anyhow, my best friend was visiting with me and she pulled my chart off the end of the bed and was flipping through it. All of a sudden she says "did you know they're giving him bottles of water?!". Um, no, I didn't know that--we had expressly informed them that he was breastmilk ONLY. I buzzed the RN and when she came in I asked about it. She said they routinely do that when Mom's are sleeping to give them a break. Then she picked up my chart and carried it out of the room!!
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    Quote from ColleenRN2B
    Years ago, before HIPAA, I was in the hospital after delivering my now 18 year old son. Back then the charts were hung from the foot of the bed, if you're old like me you can picture it!! Anyhow, my best friend was visiting with me and she pulled my chart off the end of the bed and was flipping through it. All of a sudden she says "did you know they're giving him bottles of water?!". Um, no, I didn't know that--we had expressly informed them that he was breastmilk ONLY. I buzzed the RN and when she came in I asked about it. She said they routinely do that when Mom's are sleeping to give them a break. Then she picked up my chart and carried it out of the room!!
    Holy crap! Post-childbirth and full of hormones? I would have hit the ROOOOOOOOF!
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    Quote from sleepdeprivation

    No pull down things. These are folder holders on the wall. Open and not locked. We have told our managers and CNO that we feel we are violating hipaa but they seem not to care. Also we are now doing hand off reports in patients rooms, in front of patients and whoever else is there.
    Many hospitals are starting to go to bedside reports. Just ask the patient if they are ok with you discussing their care while visitors are in the room. Then they have the choice of asking their visitors to leave or not.


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