More than 60 people may have had their privacy breached after a Winnipeg nurse’s bag was stolen from a vehicle.
The nurse was on-duty on January 14 with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Community Intravenous Program.
The program treats patients who need antibiotics through an IV outside of a hospital setting – in their homes or at a clinic.
COO for the WRHA Réal Cloutier says the bag contained the nurse’s schedule and summary sheets of 67 clients.
“A summary sheet would include the clients name, their person health information number, there would be general information about medications or any conditions the person has. But not detailed health information as you would find in a client record.”
Cloutier notes nurses and home-care workers are supposed to carry this type of information with them at all times.
He says an investigation is now underway.
“You always have to look at the severity of the breach, was it something that was reoccurring? Obviously we want to be fair with our employees and we have to go through that process. I’m sure the individual is horrified as much as everyone else over this event.”
All the affected patients have been notified. Police are also investigating.