Me, Myself, and HIPPA - page 2

I need advice from all of you that are more familiar with HIPPA than I am. I just started my first clinical rotation and have a few questions. How much about my patient can I say to my family?... Read More

  1. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    The problem with telling family members or friends stories, even without identifying information, is that the interesting ones (generally the unusual cases) you most want to discuss then may be passed on (not maliciously, by the family member or friend who has no ethical obligation to keep the information confidential.) If it reaches the circle of the patient in question, someone may put 2 and 2 together.

    The less said, the better. It's amazing what a small world we truly live in.
    Yup, that's the problem. I was just thinking that the "interesting" cases are often the unusual cases, as you've said; I know that I had a *very* interesting case and wanted to talk about it--but knew that since it was so unique, if anyone knew the pt involved, they would recognize who it was immediately.

    OTOH, a young boy died after receiving an allergy shot in an allergy clinic; I knew about him because he was connected to a group of people I know. I mentioned this in class and it turns out that my instructor already knew about it. As far as I know, she has no official connection with the allergy clinic...