Is it a violation of Hipaa or any other privacy rule to share patient stories, if no identifying information is shared? For instance (and these are purely fictional), would it be a violation to say, "I had a patient who overdosed on [X-drug], and we had to put him in restraints. He was just a young guy, but he was really violent!" or, "I had a patient today who had an accident at a sawmill, and we had to amputate his thumb." Something along those lines...
I don't want to violate any rules/regulations, so I never speak about patients outside of work AT ALL, even to my family, but I wonder if I'm guarding myself too much, if no identifying information is given. I think responsibly sharing some overall picture of patient stories (like the ones we all heard in school) could be a good release, and a good way to learn from each other, just so long as any identifying info is given... Maybe I'm just overly paranoid?
What exactly constitutes 'identifying info'?