Savannah hospital workers fired for photo of patient's anatomy

Image of man's 'pelvic region' texted, posted on Facebook

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 8:12 AM
Last updated 8:14 AM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Nine St. Joseph's/Candler employees were punished after a digital image of a patient's anatomy was photographed, texted by cell phone and posted to Facebook.

In all, three employees have been fired, three have been written up, and three have been suspended without pay.

Eight of those disciplinary actions occurred Wednesday. Another hospital employee was disciplined this summer after an investigation showed them to be involved with electronically sharing the images - a digital image of a male patient's pelvic region. That person later left their job, according to St. Joseph's/Candler. Hospital officials declined to provide the names of any of the employees.

An investigation started late last month after the Savannah Morning News received a copy of two images of the X-ray, one of which included the patient's first name and middle initial. Hospital officials are adamant the images received by the newspaper, while of the same patient, are not the same ones posted to Facebook, which they said did not include any identifiable patient information.

Because the distributed images viewed by hospital investigators contained no personal information, the actions were determined to be only violations of hospital policies and not federal patient privacy protection laws.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/10 - 09:42 am
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Sounds like an endowment

Sounds like an endowment matter.

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 12/17/10 - 09:57 am
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Sounds like a redneck joke to

Sounds like a redneck joke to me; Hey bubba, didja see this?

Einstein
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Einstein 12/17/10 - 10:27 am
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Obviously, they don't want to

Obviously, they don't want to tell the whole story. Why did they do this? Was the patient difficult or something?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/17/10 - 10:49 am
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Einstein, people do stupid,

Einstein, people do stupid, rude, insensitive, crude things all the time, for no reason at all, except they think they can get away with it and "rules" are for everyone except them. Glad they didn't get away with it.

jones255
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jones255 12/17/10 - 10:50 am
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LOL, Riverman1 !! Made my

LOL, Riverman1 !! Made my Friday...

bojangles
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bojangles 12/17/10 - 11:08 am
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Wonder if the patient's name

Wonder if the patient's name was Richard?

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 12/17/10 - 11:12 am
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riverman1, there is only one

riverman1, there is only one burning question?................

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 12/17/10 - 12:00 pm
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AutumnLeaves, it's true,

AutumnLeaves, it's true, people do stupid, rude, insensitive things all the time, but generally those in the medical field have a better filter for this kind of stuff. So when someone with this kind of education and background does something like this it is noteworthy. I wouldn't be surprised for high-school students to pull something like this but medical professionals? Shocking!

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dougk 12/17/10 - 12:14 pm
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Hatfield....Calm down....the
Unpublished

Hatfield....Calm down....the article does not divulge the "education and background" of the offenders....could be young, high school-educated lower-level technicians or paper pushers.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 12/17/10 - 12:40 pm
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I agree Hatfield, I thought

I agree Hatfield, I thought there was some sort of OATH, medical workers have to abide by. They should all be fired.

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urright 12/17/10 - 03:31 pm
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Sounds to me like there was

Sounds to me like there was something visible on the x-ray that shouldn't have been there. Hey, I'd look. Be honest--you'd look and laugh too.

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 12/17/10 - 04:40 pm
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DougK, I'm calm. I'm alright.

DougK, I'm calm. I'm alright. X-rays aren't usually just out in the open for paper pushers or techs to see.

URRight, did you see the Johnny Knoxville movie (the title of which would be censored)? I'm thinking specifically of the scene with the hot wheels car. Is that the kind of x-ray you were thinking might be the topic of today's news article?

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USNAVYVET 12/17/10 - 08:39 pm
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Not only they break the trust

Not only they break the trust of the patient, but also the HIPPA rules and regs. They all should have been fired, not wrote up, not fined for 2 weeks of loss salary. You wonder why do we sign the HIPPA rights when we check in at the hospital or the doctors office. When an employee of the medical field gets hired, they also must sign a confidentiality letter.

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augusta citizen 12/17/10 - 08:50 pm
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They win the insensitive

They win the insensitive stupid award and should be fired.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/18/10 - 04:31 am
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Yes, but doesn't it make you

Yes, but doesn't it make you wonder just a little bit? Was this an issue of "mass" or lack of "mass?"

Sounds like a late nite sitcom situation,

Brad

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