Health Information Technologies and Processes

BED Bugs

  • 1.  BED Bugs

    Posted 14 days ago
    We had a physcian come to one of our departments to see a patient and it was noticed that he had bed bugs on him.  Of course they have someone come to exterminate, but he is coming back to another department later.  Are we allowed to give the other department a heads up so they are aware of this. Or does this fall under HIPAA policy where we are not allowed.  It help on this quickly would be great!

    Thanks!!

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    Jeri Collins
    Team Lead of Medical Records/Inpatient Coder
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  • 2.  RE: BED Bugs

    Posted 13 days ago
    I think from an infection control standpoint, you absolutely have a right to report this to the other department so precautions can be taken.

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    Wendy Mangin
    Executive Project Director
    Good Samaritan
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