hope they don't pass some bull reactionary law banning cell phones because of these people.
lexington, ky. --
kentucky officials are trying to prevent cell phone abuse in nursing homes after an investigation of the bluegrass care and rehabilitation center.
that investigation found staff members were attaching sexually explicit photos of residents and sending them to other employees.
according to the lexington herald-leader, documents indicate workers recorded patients screaming or asking to use the bathroom and then played a guessing game to see which resident was involved.
right now, there are no state laws regulating cell phone use by staff in long-term care facilities.
Regardless of whether these "staff members" were CNA's, LPN's, RN's, dietary, or house keepers, they have violated a major federal law- HIPPA. They have violated the patient's privacy and confidentiality by obviously taking pictures without their permission, but also because cell phones are their personal property- and they carry it on their person and take it home with them- they have technically stolen hospital (or facility) property/confidential information. It is a federal law for all facilities in United States to provide information upon hire concerning HIPPA. The new hire is required to read the in-service, and usually take a short test concerning HIPPA laws/regulations and punishments of violations. The new hire usually signs a document confirming they understand this inservice as well as the fines, penalties, and repercussions concerning violating HIPPA laws. This document is placed in the hirees file. Any other charges concerning institutional violations or state violations (Office of Professions/ Attorney General) should be equally pursued. But these ignorant, hideous acts
have been addressed within the federal system via HIPPA laws, as well as state/institutionally via policies/laws violated within the state. Abuse of patient's rights should not be tolerated; but taking away cell phones- especially for mother's with baby sitters, or with a child/spouse who has health issues, etc. etc., is not the answer and will not alleviate the ignorance.
Last edit by Wund5 on May 18, '09