i have a question that may seem like a homework assignment but this is not. i'm concerned that a individual, that is a rn, may have made a big mistake.
a nurse that is an assistant manager of a picu sent a picture via text of a small child, 1 year old, with a severe handicap. along with the text picture was a description "poking fun" at the appearance of the child. the picture was sent to two separate individuals. the child's face was in the picture but no patient name, diagnosis, or any other identifying description. the individual then instructed the people to picture and text was sent to, to "delete right away". they did not.
sadly the same individual sent another picture via text of another small child, 6 months old, with the child's face clearly visible but, again, no identifiers such as name, but did say the child had rsv. is this a violation or not. the pictures were not posted to face book or anything but one of the people that received the picture is a fellow employee and is struggling with what to do. first is this a clear cut violation? secondly, is the person that received the picture in violation if they do not turn in the employee that sent it?
Apr 1, '12
Can the other individual get in trouble if it is not reported by her? I guess I'm asking, can she have it sent in by someone else or should the individual with the pictures go through the hospital?Should they go directly through HIPAA? The person that sent the pictures said they can't get introuble if they wait over 180 days from the day they got the picture. I'm not sure about that. I agree it is very bad, but I think they know they screwed up BAD and is trying to stall the other individual.
Last edit by concerned2012 on Apr 1, '12
: Reason: punctuation