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Should this Doc lose her right to practice for this post?

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A St. Louis OB-GYN is sparking controversy after she posted negative comments about one of her patients on Facebook, according to various reports.

According to TheBump.com, a popular website for moms-to-be, Dr. Amy Dunbar of Mercy Medical Center posted the following on Facebook:

“So I have a patient who has chosen to either no-show or be late (sometimes hours) for all of her prenatal visits, ultrasounds, and NSTs. She is now three hours late for her induction. May I show up late for her delivery?”

Critics around the blogosphere are saying Dunbar violated the patient’s privacy – even though she never mentions the patient by name.

“I hope immediate disciplinary action is taken against each of these individuals,” Mands Glover wrote on Mercy’s Moms-to-Be Facebook page.

“The situation here is amplified because the patient is pregnant . . . (and let’s get real, there’s no way we’re okay with the delivering doctor showing up LATE to (the) baby’s birth).”

- Kylie McConville, TheBump.com

Another poster disagreed with Glover, saying, “The patient's name was never mentioned . . . there are still thousands of women that match that description.”

A person known as “Jan” wrote this on Greta van Susteren’s blog GretaWire: "I have a solution. Give the inconsiderate patient the last appointment of the day. When she shows up 3 hours late, the office will have been closed for hours, and no one will be there. Problem solved.”

Kylie McConville, who wrote the article on TheBump.com, said, “The situation here is amplified because the patient is pregnant, and the doctor is the one responsible for delivering the baby (and let’s get real, there’s no way we’re okay with the delivering doctor showing up LATE to (the) baby’s birth).”

Hospital reacts

Mercy has not fired Dunbar, but released the following statement:

“Our physician leadership has already called Dr. Dunbar. Her comments were definitely inappropriate. We are also reviewing them to determine if they violated privacy issues, etc. That process requires a more thorough review, but we will determine the appropriate response as quickly as possible. In the meantime, know that our physician organization holds its members to the highest standards and strives to improve our service and clinical care through that process.”

Mercy’s statement said its privacy compliance staff did not find the posting to be a breach of privacy; but the hospital added it will use this opportunity to educate its staff about the appropriate use of social media.

“…We are very sorry that this incident occurred,” according to Mercy’s statement, which appeared on several news sites, including KMOV.

Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, said the doctor should have had a private discussion with her patient.

“The answer is not to get mad at the patient or to launder your frustrations in public,” said Alvarez, who is also the chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

“As a doctor, our role is to heal the sick – but also educate them,” Alvarez said. “One of the biggest challenges I have as an OB-GYN is to make my point on the significance of a good relationship between a pregnant woman and her obstetrician. This has to start very early in the relationship.”

Alvarez said he has found most patients understand the importance of prenatal visits rather quickly – but in the case they do not comply with the doctors, then it may be time to find a new one.

“If, for whatever reason, there is a lack of compliance, then you can help the patient find another physician, so she can get the care she feels she may not be getting from you,” he added.

TheBump.com added the patient may have a valid reason for being routinely late, which is why a private discussion is that much more important.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/06/ob-gyn-under-fire-for-posting-patient-info-on-facebook/#ixzz2KABjZUDp

by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM
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a06z08mama
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM
IMO. Se should be fired. It ruins her rep and the hospitals. One hospital I worked at fired a midwife for putting on Facebook that she just delivered twins. She was fired. The hospital I work at now. It would be against the code of conduct. May not completely violate HIPPA but it goes against professionalism.
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queenamy
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM

agree

Quoting Khaleesi:

Well, she never mentioned names, and whoever can't see she is being sarcastic with that last sentence is a complete moron.


christina0607
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM
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The fact that this is news makes me nauseous. 

mrssummerlin
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM
That's exactly what I was thinking.

Quoting Khaleesi:

Well, she never mentioned names, and whoever can't see she is being sarcastic with that last sentence is a complete moron.

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mom_dl6
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

She didn't mention her name so i don't see the issue...Man people are frigging CRY BABYS anymore O.o

coolmommy2x
by Ruby Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM
I don't think it should have been posted on a public site but I can understand her frustration.
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Gilesmt
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I see nothing wrong with it, she did not give the patient name.

my dd was born with cp, long story but I sued the doctor, who stated under oath that 'he lets nature take its course and always leaves it up to god when a baby is born'. I find that more of a problem and he was not disaplined at all for it. First I was not paying god to deliver my baby, second by leaving it up to god and not doing anything my child suffers from cp.thrid for taken no action, the state has had to pay a lot of money throw everyone else's taxes for this child, from medical care threw the state, to medical and therapy care threw the schools and for special Ed in school. I lost the case and this doctor is free to let god do his job and never intervene, I think he should be disaplined and lose his job.

KellBell0820
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM
Eh, it was unprofessional. I don't think it warrants firing her unless this has been a problem before though.
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babyspots17
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:22 PM
People are way to uptight now a days! Is it stupid yes should she be fired NO!
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Marimaru
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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I don't think it's a huge deal.  People vent about work all the time.  I think people pinned on this one because the 'customer' in this case was a pregnant woman.  If it was someone a person saw as a cashier at a store, no one would think anything of it. There is NOTHING in that post that says anything about who the patient was, so I don't see it as a big deal.

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