A nurse in Florida has been fired after posting pictures of a child born with a delivery defect on social media, in accordance with hospital officers.
Officers on the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami first discovered of the incident on Sept. 8, Lidia Amoretti, a hospital spokesperson, instructed NBC Information in an electronic mail Saturday.
Sierra Samuels, a nurse within the neonatal intensive care unit, shared pictures of a new child with gastroschisis — a delivery defect of the stomach wall that causes the infant’s intestines to protrude from the physique — on her private social media accounts.
Hospital officers instantly positioned Samuels on administrative depart pending an investigation over privateness violations, in accordance with Amoretti. Samuels was then terminated from her job on the hospital on Sept. 15.
Posting pictures of sufferers with out authorization is usually thought of a violation of the Well being Insurance coverage Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is designed to guard folks’s medical information and different private well being info.
The pictures Samuels shared on social media had been accompanied with the captions, “My evening was going nice then growth!” and “Your intestines posed (sic) to be inside not exterior child! #gastroschisis,” in accordance with WFOR-TV, which first reported the story.