Please Remember Patient Confidentiality.
As a medical student who sees patients through many specialties, I often find myself in situations where a distant conversation catches my ear. Because I identify.
I identify who is being referred…
"This patient of mine is not doing so well. Developed a pulmonary embolism following…"
..or did I? I listen longer. Perhaps I was wrong.
We do our best always to keep the confidence of our information. We find quiet, private areas. We discuss them in hushed voices, hidden from public scrutiny. We remove as many identifiers as is feasible to convey our intentions.
Yet we still let slip on occasion. We are human after all. This sign is a testament to that. It is a reminder that we must all be mindful of our words.
You never know who is listening.