CONFIDENTIALLY: BREACH OF PRIVACY
Two women in my unit had the last name Johnson and both had urologic problems: Mandy had renal failure; Susan, a kidney infection.
While I was in Susan Johnson's room, I was paged. Without thinking, I left my work sheet on her bed and answered my call. When I returned to Susan's room, she was holding my work sheet and trembling. “Why didn't you tell me my kidneys aren't working?” she demanded. I quickly explained my mistake and reassured her about her condition.
By accidentally leaving another patient's work sheet behind, I'd breached Mandy's confidentiality and caused Susan unnecessary distress. Now, no matter how busy I am, I make patient confidentiality a priority.