Pictures of a deceased patient on social media HIPPA violation ?

  1. I am a CNA in a nursing home. I recently had a resident pass away, after 3 years I was very close to her and her family. Her son had taken a picture of her and I last year around this time and I was wondering if it would be a legal issue to post it on social media, kind of as a memorial, even though he gave me written permission to do so?
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  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Yes and it would likely violate your employers policies. Other family members might object. Just don't do it.

    Keep social media and work separate
  4. by   RiskManager
    Oh, I would not do this. If the family feels that some sort of social media memorial is appropriate, they can do it.
  5. by   bsyrn
    I agree, Don't do it!
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    BIG no-no. I'm glad you asked us.
  7. by   princesshess
    I wouldn't. As a CNA myself, when a resident passed away, I would keep it to myself. No social media.. nothing. It is a violation against HIPAA. Even if the family allowed it, your employer might think otherwise.
  8. by   Meriwhen
    I also vote No. Your heart is in the right place, but doing this can only lead to a world of trouble. Someone (HIPAA, patient's family, your workplace) is bound to take offense to it.
  9. by   SentinelTruth
    A big fine and termination at minimum...

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