Happy Sunday everyone!
I know I have touched on this topic before but I feel like it is something I need to elaborate on a little bit more, especially since it deals so heavily with my work environment--communication.
Statistics frequently show that a communication error between healthcare providers is one of the main reasons for inpatient deaths in the US. I can see why that can occur. No one in the health care field wakes up and decides that to intentionally harm a patient or screw up majorily--especially if it could of been prevented in the first place.
At the hospital I work at, majority of the physicians I work with like to be notified of a change in patient status via a text page. However, whenever an emergent situation comes about or it is a message that could be explained better over the phone, I call page them. Depending on the physician, that could be a good thing or bad thing.
With my experience, it has been that the younger physicians don't mind spending the time on the phone while the attendings and/or residents respond better with text pages. Our hospital is trying to get more nurses and other health care professionals to text page the doctors so that they can spend more time "directly involved in patient care". To me, I see why they would want that but unfortunately, that cannot be the case, especially if a nurse needs to talk to a physician right away. Also, I feel like incorrect orders can be avoided by having that force contact with the provider rather than a text page.
How do you feel about this topic in your daily life? Do you feel like you or someone you know stumbles with communication? How do you get your message across? I would love to hear from you all!
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