I know, the hospital needs to protect the patient in the event any one of us may have HIV, Hep C, TB, or may be a criminal. So I starting reflecting upon my own career in the industry and asked myself one question; "Who is protecting us?" Let's be realistic, HIPAA was enacted to protect the privacy of the patient. How many times did you find out after the fact that the patient had some associated medical illness, besides needing spine surgery? Don't we have a right to know?
How many TB tests are we going to have to take? Have many Bloodborne Pathogen Tests are we going to have to read? Don't hospitals understand that most legitimate companies run background and criminal record checks on all new employees? Don't these hospitals know that if we weren't trained we wouldn't know what we were talking about? I mean, we have entered the 21st century. But like most opportunist, there was a way to make money off of the industry and the hospital system decided to act on it. Have any of you ever read the propaganda that is written on some of these websites. Example: "Status Blue encourages communication and will work with the hospital and the vendor to make a strong partnership!" If that isn't a crock of BS, the Blogger doesn't know what is. Of course they encourage communication, the reason being that they could get your annual fees. So as you wake up this morning and put your cowboy boots on, the SpineBlogger wants to know what y'all think about these organizations?