Ariz. EMT on administrative leave after sharing patient details on Facebook
The name and address of the patient were blurred, but other personal details were shared by the employee; AMR is investigating the incident
By Leila Merrill
TUCSON — An AMR EMT is under investigation and has been placed on administrative leave after posting personal details about a patient interaction on Facebook, KVOA reported.
With the caption “this week's winner of biggest b.s. call goes to," the EMT shared a screenshot of a call log. The patient's name and address were blurred, but other information could be read.
AMR released the following statement.
"On Friday, September 2, American Medical Response (AMR) was made aware that an employee had potentially posted patient information. We immediately opened an investigation, which included bringing the employee into the operation to be interviewed. We discovered that this employee had posted information about a patient encounter; the post on social media did not include the patient’s identifying information such as name or address. We asked this employee to remove the social media post, and we put the employee on administration leave as we continue our investigation. AMR takes this matter very seriously. It is a violation of our code of conduct to share any patient information."
EMS providers are held to a higher standard, which includes social media
Among the countless elements of that higher standard is maintaining, not only the perception, but the reality of objective, unbiased care for all in need