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Amy Dunbar, OB-GYN, In Hot Water After Posting Comment About Patient On Facebook (PHOTO)

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Amy Dunbar, OB-GYN, In Hot Water After Posting Comment About Patient On Facebook (PHOTO)

An OB-GYN in St. Louis is under fire after posting a Facebook status about one of her patients. According to KMOV, Amy Dunbar, a physician at Mercy Hospital, was so frustrated with an expecting mother's lateness that she ranted about it online.

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When others urged her to cancel her patient's induction, she added in the comments that she "put up" with this behavior because of a prior stillbirth. Though Dunbar didn't reveal the patient's name, controversy erupted after someone posted a screenshot of the status and the comments to the hospital's "Mercy Moms To Be" Facebook page.

Heather Tiedemann was appalled by Dunbar's behavior and posted a comment on the Facebook page:

She should not be allowed to work with patients if she callously talks about them on her own facebook page... As a woman who has had a full term still birth if I found out my doctor was posting that information on her page and other doctors were joking about it I would go straight to the top of hospital leadership to ensure this doctor was fired.

More than 50 people have "liked" Tiedemann's post, but another commenter Kerry Ann Colombo defended Dunbar stating, that she is an "amazing" doctor who "bends over backwards" for her patients. "If someone is seriously THAT late to all of their appointments I think making a sarcastic remark on facebook is no big deal in the scheme of things!" Colombo wrote.

Dunbar remains on staff, despite calls for her firing, and the hospital posted the following on Facebook:

"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."

In 2011, the Boston Globe reported on previous cases where healthcare professionals have gotten into trouble for posting information about their patients on Facebook and noted that some hospitals have begun to take precautionary measures. The Children's Hospital Boston, for example, published a six-page social media policy for its staff.

Bradley H. Crotty, a physician who has studied the use of social media in health care, told the Globe that if there's any question whether something is appropriate to share, it's better not to risk it. “We first have to put ourselves in the shoes of the patient we may be discussing and then reflect if what we’re saying is appropriate," he said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/amy-dunbar-obgyn_n_2630823.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

 Many hospitals are now having employees sign something stating they cannot post anything about work - good or bad - on Facebook or we are terminated.  It doesn't matter if we violate HIPPA or not.  I do not even have the name of my employer on Facebook

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Yep

Quoting Debmomto2girls:

 Many hospitals are now having employees sign something stating they cannot post anything about work - good or bad - on Facebook or we are terminated.  It doesn't matter if we violate HIPPA or not.  I do not even have the name of my employer on Facebook


autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I think venting is ok, but it sould have been wise to keep in more generic, not mentioning that the unnamed patient is scheduled TODAY for an induction. details which might lead to identification are where she crosses the line. 

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

 We had a nurse fired because she listed the hospital as her employer and kept making comments about how work sucked. No names or anything identifying except the name of the hospital on her profile.

Quoting Sisteract:

Yep

Quoting Debmomto2girls:

 Many hospitals are now having employees sign something stating they cannot post anything about work - good or bad - on Facebook or we are terminated.  It doesn't matter if we violate HIPPA or not.  I do not even have the name of my employer on Facebook


 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

 

this

Quoting Sisteract:

 that if there's any question whether something is appropriate to share, it's better not to risk it.

 

Agreed.

Why share professional info on your personal FB page?


 

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM


I'm gonna guess she's somewhere in her mid to late 20"s. I wanted to say, hey dipshit, you really think its wise to tweet from work about an SICU patient?  Have you no filter or common sense? People need to seriously think first. 

Quoting Sisteract:

Horrible.

I am going to pull the old lady card here and say this nurse had to a younger person- I think those who are older and who have navigated much of their lives without instantaneous, social media would likely never dream of typing and sending such a message.

Think it, talk about it at home with your SO, yes,  but on the Internet? NO.

Would you make a poster of such and stand on a busy street for all to read? No, not likely. The Internet is more far reaching.

Quoting fireangel5:

I saw a tweet from an SICU nurse talking, while at work mind you, about a patient continually saying that he was having trouble breathing. Her exact comment about it was "Maybe if you STFU for 5 minutes you wont be" 

Totally inappropriate and unprofessional IMO




GhettoKoolAide
by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM
This


Quoting futureshock:

I don't see what the big deal is, the patient is not named.


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mlg1989
by Bronze Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM
I honestly see no issue at all. No personal info was given and the only patient who would know who they were speaking about would bevthe one she was speaking of.

Who the hell is late to ALL spots including the induction?! That's more ridiculous than the comments. Does she expect the Dr to drop what she's doing to fit her schedule?
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littlelamb303
by Bronze Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I agree that it is no big deal because the patient was not named.  But, as  a teacher, I would never discuss any students on facebook(even if I did not name them).  The only time I discuss students is with friends/family or on here , under anon, and never name them.   She was venting.  Everyone needs a vent now and then.

littlelamb303
by Bronze Member on Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

 


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

 We had a nurse fired because she listed the hospital as her employer and kept making comments about how work sucked. No names or anything identifying except the name of the hospital on her profile.

Quoting Sisteract:

Yep

Quoting Debmomto2girls:

 Many hospitals are now having employees sign something stating they cannot post anything about work - good or bad - on Facebook or we are terminated.  It doesn't matter if we violate HIPPA or not.  I do not even have the name of my employer on Facebook


 

I would never post where I worked on facebook, EVER.  It amazes me that people do that.  I have read comments about people who have called their place of work because of something they said on FB and someone got offended.  Where you work is personal.  Only people close to me know where I work.

 

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