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- by ~PedsRN~ Dec 13, '12I am a pediatric nurse and have the privilege to care for so many outstanding young men and women every day. I love my teenagers! We have some kiddos that due to their illness stay with us for weeks and even months at a time. Of course you can imagine that these kids are special to the staff.
My question is this.... I take care of one young patient who is actively fundraising to support research for his disease. His enthusiasm is inspiring! He has given out the link to his fundraising site online to the hospital staff (all of us, doctors and nurses and child life, Xray, and dietary... you get the point... LOL) and has asked us all to share it with our friends and family to help in his fundraising efforts.
So my question is this:
Is sharing the website link with others a HIPAA violation?
He is a minor, and the link directly speaks of his disease (duh, it's a fundraising site! lol) By sharing it, it will be obvious that he is one of my patients. It also contains his first and last name, etc.
It's a slippery slope for me! I would love to help him but I'm stuck on this.
- Dec 13, '12 by CT PixieI would err on the side of caution since he's a minor. Can you ask his parent(s)/guardian(s) if its ok for you to do so? Even with their permission verbally I would probably want something in writing that says they are allowing this. But that's just me and my paranoia
- Dec 13, '12 by ~PedsRN~His guardian is pretty much unavailable to staff.
- Dec 13, '12 by OrcaI'm with those who would err on the side of caution. Him being a minor complicates things, and without parental consent I would be really reluctant. There are ways he can publicize his cause on his own, like Facebook or MySpace.