Randy Schwarz (@randyschwarz) published a blog post · February 10th, 2014

Which of the following Facebook posts is NOT acceptable for a Mayo Clinic employee or student?

A. Had the most rewarding experience today. Participated in my first transplant surgery, liver transplant for a little girl who really needed it. I’m so blessed to be doing what I do.

picture of a liver

B. Had the most rewarding experience today. Participated in my first transplant surgery, liver transplant for a little girl who really needed it. I’m so blessed to be doing what I do.

C. Had the most rewarding experience today. Participated in my first transplant surgery. I’m so blessed to be doing what I do.

D. A and B

Choose the best answer and reply with it in the comments. Also indicate the reasoning behind your answer. 

 

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Jennie Fiechtl (@dermandlaser) · Mon, Feb 10 at 3:29pm CDT · #

D - Both A and B mention it was the liver and for a little girl, these two details can indicate the patient who received the transplant.

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Ayman Aboulnasr (@aboulnasra) · Tue, Feb 11 at 4:06am CDT · #

Answer D: A and B as they were both giving away specific details about a patient and her condition. Also posting a picture of that nature as seen on case A is not something that should be done on an open network such as Facebook or Twitter.

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Susan Lebel (@susanlebel) · Wed, Feb 12 at 8:56am CDT · #

D. Both A & B could lead to identifying the patient because of the details given. Better to leave any information that could potentially pinpoint who the patient was out

Anne Eldridge (@anneeldridge3) · Wed, Feb 12 at 9:43am CDT · #

D. The first two tweet violated HIPAA.

Diane Vicars (@dvicars) · Fri, Feb 21 at 8:37am CDT · #

The combination of information in both A & B coulld lead to identifying the patient, which violates HIPPA. The picture is inappropriate.

Tony Hart (@tonyhart) · Wed, Mar 5 at 4:13pm CDT · #

Answer is D. Both A & B. It would depend on the size of the hospital and how many transplants they do/size of community, if it would be truly identifiable, but best not to post specifics that could be tied back to a specific patient.