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Nurse posts brain surgery pics on Facebook

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  2. Visit  student456 profile page

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    Joined Sep '06; Posts: 298; Likes: 104.

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  3. Visit  MisterSimba profile page
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    "Svensson has also been in contact with the nurse, who is away on vacation, and he says she is devastated about the consequences of her actions."

    She is devastated by the consequences of her actions??? Maybe she should have thought of this before posting pictures of patients' surgeries on her Facebook! ......and now she's probably on a permanent vacation! .....common sense is apparently not so common!
  4. Visit  Scrubby profile page
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    The article said the patients could not be identified, but even so what this nurse did was completely wrong. If I was a surgical patient i'd feel pretty angry about photos of my operation being on facebook.
    skittlebear, lindarn, and MisterSimba like this.
  5. Visit  Batman24 profile page
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    I don't know the laws in their country but in America chances are more than good she'd be fired, lose her license, and then get herself sued. I think she's more devastated that she got caught than anything else. She knows better. Yeesh.
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  6. Visit  MisterSimba profile page
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    Quote from Scrubby
    The article said the patients could not be identified, but even so what this nurse did was completely wrong. If I was a surgical patient i'd feel pretty angry about photos of my operation being on facebook.
    Yeah, I would definitely feel angry....and violated! The thought of someone taking pictures of an unconscious patient and posting them online really gives me the creeps!
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  7. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    Most countries I am aware of have privacy laws, not sure what she was thinking putting them out there, anyway Why take the photos in the first place
    skittlebear and lindarn like this.
  8. Visit  RetiredTooSoon profile page
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    From the UKTelegraph...

    Her job at a hospital in Stockholm is now at risk after she put 14 photos from a brain surgery and a back operation to her account on the popular social networking site...
    The patients could not be identified from the photos, which have now been deleted from her internet page, but staff at the hospital have had an emergency meeting to remind them about patient privacy.
    The woman, who has been suspended, is said to be "devastated" by her actions. It seems she wanted to impress her friends with her high powered job.


    Isn't this something we all learned back in our first nursing school classes? How did she miss that lesson?
    LMoonRN, Crystal2dish, and BelleKat like this.
  9. Visit  1TachyRN profile page
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    This may seem harsh, but...

    what an idiot.
    nurse15dc, HouTx, NativePapillon, and 2 others like this.
  10. Visit  Angie O'Plasty, RN profile page
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    Quote from Lu13
    This may seem harsh,
    No, it's not.
  11. Visit  RetiredTooSoon profile page
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    Quote from Lu13
    This may seem harsh, but...what an idiot.
    I wouldn't say it was too harsh; I wanted to say something much nastier than you did.
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  12. Visit  workingforskies profile page
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    Quote from RetiredTooSoon
    ...The patients could not be identified from the photos...

    End of story.

    I think we are taking this patient privacy thing a little too far. (And to answer the inevitable question, NO, I would not care in the slightest if that was a picture of my brain posted on the internet.)

    The intent of The HIPPA laws and such were originally to keep insurance companies from sharing information about their customers with other insurance companies. Now it has been perverted to the point, where I, as an ER nurse, can not follow up on a patient the next day to see what is going on with them.

    It's treat them and forget about them. (Unless you are a doctor. Then it is called an educational issue and not subject to those regulations.)

    Also, what would be the difference if she had posted a random textbook brain surgery picture?
    shiccy, mskate, Dental Hygienist, and 9 others like this.
  13. Visit  RetiredTooSoon profile page
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    Quote from workingforskies
    Also, what would be the difference if she had posted a random textbook brain surgery picture?
    The difference is that, with the exception of cadavers (for obvious reasons), patients sign permission forms/consent forms for photographic images to be taken of them in surgery/hospital-with the exception of those that are taken for legal reasons-and even then, consent is usually obtained.

    When my grandmother had her liver transplant, she had to sign forms giving the hospital permission to take pictures of her surgery and of her liver as well as giving permission for them to use said pictures in educating others, including the pictures being used for publication in printed matter. If she had refused to sign, no pictures could be taken.

    When we had taken pictures on the spur of the moment in surgery-usually when there was an unexpected finding on laparoscopy-the patient was shown the pictures and given the choice of whether or not they would allow their picture to be used beyond their chart. If not, the picture either was fixed to the chart permanently or else was destroyed, depending on patient wishes.

    Even if the patient in this story HAD signed a form permitting photography (or it was part of the consent form), that did not include a cell-phone image of his/her brain being put on Facebook. The consent form would have covered resident teaching, publication and the like-not being used by the nurse to 'show off her high-powered position'
    Last edit by RetiredTooSoon on Aug 19, '08 : Reason: misspelling
    LMoonRN, Pipsqueak, nurse15dc, and 2 others like this.
  14. Visit  MIcrunchyRN profile page
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    Quote from workingforskies

    Also, what would be the difference if she had posted a random textbook brain surgery picture?
    A little thing called consent...
    Zookeeper3, GadgetRN71, Pipsqueak, and 4 others like this.


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