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Who's responsible when social media violates patient privacy?

Who's responsible when social media violates patient privacy? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Despite a hospital's best efforts to protect patient privacy, sometimes it only takes one person with a smartphone to take a video and upload it to YouTube. Then all bets are off.

We recently stumbled upon footage of an intoxicated man in our trauma center that was videotaped by another patient. The good news is the video put our staff members in an incredibly positive light, being caring and compassionate. The bad news is the patient's privacy was violated.

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Emergency Departments Can Identify Low-Risk Cardiac Patients Quickly

Emergency Departments Can Identify Low-Risk Cardiac Patients Quickly | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Key Take Away for Patients:

When patients come to the Emergency Room with chest pain the main goal is to assess whether the patient is having a heart attack or at high risk for a heart attack.  In either circumstance the patient will be admitted overnight for treatment and testing.  Identifying low risk patients is a need, but has always been a concern because of the fear of missing someone who MIGHT be at risk and would be at risk for a heart attack or death if discharged.  Strategies to identify lower risk patients who can be discharged home and then seen for out-patient testing is an elusive goal, because there is no certainty.  This study discussed use of TIMI Risk score, EKG and 2 blood tests done 2 hours apart to identify lower risk patients. The negative predictive value of the diagnostic protocol was 99.7%: that means that for every 1000 considered low risk only 3 patients would be miscategorized.

TIMI Risk Score is online at http://goo.gl/vCJgh ;

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