patient privacy, arghh!!!! - page 2

Could the nurses here help me understand this situation. On New Years eve, my sister, her best friend and the boyfriend to the best friend were involved in a horrible car wreck. When we got... Read More

  1. by   dosamigos76
    Angie O'Plasty, Wow!!! All I can say is "thank you" for what you do and for taking the time to say what you did. It wasn't my family, but I received comfort from what you took the time to post. You have a gift, thank you for sharing it.

  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am sorry for the loss and for the horrible way you feel-------things are out of control in healthcare today, what can we say? it's so sad.
  3. by   Pattiecake
    "There were tears in the eyes of those nurses for a woman who was not their family, not their friend....but who might have been. There were prayers going up for you and your sister, her friend, boyfriend and family that you might not have heard--but they were said. There were people who were in that room who will never forget how hard they fought for her life.

    Because they cared."

    That was so beautifully said. I have been that nurse in the ER. I have held the unclaimed when they died and prayed for them and their families. I held them in my heart, in my memory, stroked and held their hand. Working in the ER allows you to become the best friend of the trauma patient. You don't forget them. The unclaimed trauma patient becomes a part of the trauma team's family. I wish I could have put it as beautifully as you.
    Last edit by Pattiecake on Jan 8, '05
  4. by   begalli
    Angie O'Plasy, RN,

    I nominate your reply as post of the year or maybe the decade.

    Beautifully expressed.

    Thank you.
  5. by   renee2004
    thanks for the kind words.

    thanks for making me feel better that she was not alone.

    whoever is behind this HIPPA stuff should have been at the funeral today when everyone hang on to every word that my sister spoke in the eulogy as she spoke about all they did before the accident. You could see the family hurting that they were not there and were somewhat not represented.

    even though it was not the fault of the stuff at the Lawrenceville hospital, it has just left a horrible memory for me about this GA hospital.

    thanks for the kinds words though. I hope these crazy laws will improve someday.
    Last edit by renee2004 on Jan 8, '05
  6. by   flashpoint
    HIPAA actually allows for medical personnel to use their common sense when making decisions about who to disclose information to. In a situation where someone has potential life threats, I would notify a friend or acquaintance of the the patient if I were unable to reach a family member...HIPAA does allow this! We also have the option of requesting assistance from law enforcement, friends of the patient, or just about anyone else who might be able to help locate family members...we have called patient's employers, neighbors, ex-spouses, etc. Also, if no family is available, someone who claims to be a friend, coworker, etc is generally given whatever information is available and is allowed and encouraged to be at the patient's bedside. Certainly, we can't rattle off a bunch of past medical history to a person's coworker, but if they are the only person available, they can generally be given just about any information pertinent to the patient's current condition.

    This hospital did the patient and their loved ones a HUGE injustice...I am just floored that this woman died alone because of nurses and other staff who were afraid of the HIPAA police...