22 year old son with suicide atttempt

Kathy - posted on 02/12/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am beside myself....my son made a serious attempt to take his life two days ago and is currently hospitalized involuntarily in an in patient psych unit. He will not give permission for me to communicate with the clinicians at the hospital and I have so much pertinent info to relay as I was the one that my son opened up to the most. This is the most unbearable and frustrating situation that I have ever been in. Any suggestions?

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Sarah - posted on 02/12/2015

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HIPPA laws prevent the staff from discussing his care with you. Not the unilateral delivery of information from you to them. If they refuse to even acknowledge his presence, which by law they can't without his permission, you can still give the information. Write it up and email or fax it the doctor, case manager, or charge nurse. another way would be to seal it and hand deliver it without a word.
An analogy I can recall; a young mom came in to deliver a baby and forbid her mother from entering the room and talking with the staff. The mother wanted us to know that her daughter had used heroin during her pregnancy. We were not able to disclose info back to the mother but we were able to use the information to provide better care for the mother-to-be and the baby.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/12/2015

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Thanks for that, Sarah...I'm on the parent side, so I know the HIPPA rules, but have always been unsure of whether or not a physician (et al) would be able to take info from the other side

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/12/2015

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You can ask the clinicians if you can give them the info you have, and hopefully they would be able to take that from you, even if they are unable to communicate with you regarding his condition.

I really would think that if anyone had helpful info for clinicians in this type of situation, they'd hopefully take it.

Good luck with everything. I know its frustrating for you to not be in the loop, and I do understand. Perhaps, as he recovers, he will be willing to consider allowing his clinicians to communicate with you.

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