Hospital changes ID requirements after fake staffer works in the ED

June 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Jun2007, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p61
A woman pretended to be a temporary staffer at a Florida hospital and was allowed to work in the emergency department for an entire shift. The impostor had contact with patients, and staff did not realize her ruse until she confessed. • The hospital has strengthened its identification requirements. • Security experts say the case shows the importance of staff diligence. • Such a breach risks patient safety and security of confidential data. INSETS: Hospital ramps up policies on ID after bogus ED worker;Liability mitigated when incident hard to predict.


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