Sound Advice Vol IV

Another pearly email from one of the godfather’s of EM, and another random pic

Recently one of our docs talked on the phone to a relative of a patient and gave confidential medical information. Not a bad idea to keep the family informed, but no good deed goes unpunished. Of course he did not know exactly to whom he was speaking, he just was told it was a daughter. Amazingly, this was reported as a HIPPA violation, big time problems are possible. I know that we often call relatives, or speak to them, without patient permission, but we must be careful with this seemingly benign, and proactive policy. It’s hard to tell someone that you cannot tell them about their loved one in the ED, especially when they are critically ill, but you cannot do so unless you get permission. Best to document in the chart if you get permission verbally.  Go figure this absurd law, which is a mine field for ED docs

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on February 27, 2012, in Sound Advice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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