Susannah Cahalan’s battle with a rare autoimmune disorder can be used as a perfect case study for misdiagnosis with patients, biases that doctors may encounter and the sick role. Firstly, for those that have not read Brain on Fire, it is about the journey Susannah, a reporter for the New York Post, underwent with trying to find an answer to her perplexing medical mystery. Early on in her journey Susannah started experiencing subtle symptoms that she dismissed as the flu and the common blues everyone experiences from time to time. Her primary doctor that will play a major role in the story, Dr. Bailey, also thought Susannah had symptoms along the lines of a virus like mono. She continued with her daily life not putting much thought to her symptoms. Her health continued to gradually decline, and her colleagues began noticing something was wrong with her. At one point her supervisor, after noticing a lack in her performance, gave her one last shot to have the chance to interview John Walsh, famous for America’s most wanted. In short, the interview was a disaster and cut short after Susannah began having an array of symptoms that were observable as being intoxicated.
In the reading completed in class, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System by the Institute of Medicine, medical errors that take place in the hospital setting are discussed. Today, a hospitals main focus is to get patients out as soon as possible. Hospitals make more money by increased bed turn over rates. As the article states, there are several strategies for improvement to achieve a better safety record, such as new information technology. I think that as long as hospitals continue to ignore the problems the errors will continue to happen. It is important to figure out why these errors are being made in the hospital setting, and use the available technology to help prevent future errors. While I believe overall that these tools are vital in aiding nurses complete their responsibilities, this technology is not something that nurses can rely on absolutely. Nurses have the skills to complete the seven rights before administering medications and it is necessary that nurses utilize both technological tools as well their own intellect before administering any medications. As our society becomes more reliant on technology everyday, I am certain that I will personally be using bar coding medication administration systems as well as other
Patients rely on health care professionals and institutional organizations for their safety, quality, and well-beings. Nurses are the frontline at the patient bedside, supporting the physician diagnosis and carry out arrays of medical orders for our patients. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report in 1999 titled: “To Err is Human” that revealed a significant amount of medical errors made in healthcare industries mutually conveyed and otherwise (Wakefield, 2008). Medical errors are projected to trigger more demise yearly than all other debilitating ailments combined. For approximately over a decade now patient safety and quality have grown to be a health
Unfortunately, at this moment, there is little improvement regarding the quality of patient care since the To Err Is Human report was published in 1999, by the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 1999). Presently, health care provider education should focus more on the demands on quality and safety. The beginning of Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) was created to integrate quality and safety competencies in nursing education. For this reason, nursing schools should reinforce and focus on the competencies of QSEN, within the curricula of the baccalaureate programs.
Galt, K.A., & Paschal, K.A., (2011). Foundation in patient safety for health professionals. Sudbury: Ma. Jones and Bartlett
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. No one is completely perfect but we do have to be really careful with how in the medical field we take care of the medical record or any other information that should not be given. All that information must be kept private unless the patient of the information gives any authorization for it to be release. Even the most important hospitals or well-known physicians have or been involved with a HIPAA violation.
Identify the article you are reviewing in the box below with a complete APA citation. Then, answer each question completely in 1-2 paragraphs. Responses must be typed and printed prior to class. Assignments are due at the start of class and should be 2 pages or less, single-spaced, in Times New Roman black font, with 1” margins. Staple or print double-sided if needed.
“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “HIPPA.” “HIPPA who?” “Sorry, I can’t tell you that information…” Sadly, no one has ever been credited for that joke, but that joke, while funny, also has some truth to it. However, HIPAA breaches and other accidents that can occur in radiology, are no laughing matter. Jim Lipcamon of the Diagnostic Imaging branch of Modern Medicine Network, referenced a New York Times article that stated, “it is estimated that medical errors may cause over 250,000 deaths per year”. Lipcamon’s article goes on to state that there are three main causes of medical errors, which are human errors, risky behavior, and reckless behavior. It is this generation of radiographers that needs to be the change. It is this generation’s duty to
et al, 2011). Along with the importance of data entry, EHRs goal is to ultimately improve the privacy and efficiency of health care in Canada, while making the lives of clinicians easier and also more effective (Hayrinen, K., 2015). For example, EHR eliminates the chance of predictable or avoidable errors by having data saved in its system. EHR contains many software applications that allow the program to successfully run. However, for this to occur, some additional incentive must be provided for basic tools so that excellent health care is given (Blumenthal, D., & Tavenner, M., 2012). The core components of an EHR include a list of features to ensure high quality care. Firstly, an EHR contains a client registry, which incorporates a list of all the patients’ information relevant to health. Next, it contains a health provider’s registration, that shows the health care professionals whether they are authorized to use the system or not. Then, it consists of an electronic imaging system that develops, scans and shows patients reports and images of their x-rays, MRIs and ultrasound results (Report of the Auditor General of Canada, 2010). It also contains accessible and manageable information on drugs prescribed with the patient’s history. Regardless of where a patient lives and what lab they visit; their lab results can be accessed, viewed and modified by all kinds of health care
EHR’s are very useful, reliable, and informative and to fully understand its potential, we must understand how its predecessor of paper records were used, to create better physician-patient interactions. The article “More screen time, less face time – implications for EHR design” expands on this understanding via a level II-2 level case-control study directly comparing the two types of recording. The study compared the physician patient interaction when using a paper chart versus an EHR. Eight experienced family medicine physicians and 80 patients participated in the study with 80 visits in total, half of which used paper charts while the other half used EHRs. The study occurred at the University of Wisconsin–Madison family medicine clinics.
This paper will explain the seven principles of patient-clinician communication. It will then apply three of those principles to my interactions with my patients. Next, it will describe three methods being used in my area of practice to improved communication between the patients and clinicians. It will ultimately choose one of those principles that applies best to my practice and clearly describe how I use it. It will describe ethical principles that can be applied to issues with patient-clinician communication. Finally, it will explain the importance of ethics in communication and how patient safety is influenced by good or bad team communication.
Technology has become an essential part of our everyday life therefore, it makes sense that doctors and hospitals get rid of the old fashioned paper charting and use technology to access patient records. Electronic health records (EHR) provide quick access to information, as doctors no longer have to wait for other providers to fax previous records to them. The accessibility of Electronic Health Records assist medical providers to make quick medical care decisions, by accessing previous care provided to patients including treatment and diagnosis. Quick access to information through EHR enables health care providers to treat patients faster as there is no need for records to be mailed or
Communication is described as the interchange of information, thoughts, and feelings between individuals using dialog or other methods (Kourkouta, & Papathanasiou, 2014). Communication between patients, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can influence the patient outcome subsequently, understanding what establishes an effective communication will be beneficial for nurses and other healthcare professionals. Having the skills to articulate efficiently exists beyond having verbal skills. According to Wright (2012), to establish effective communication, a nurse should develop the use of nonverbal cues such as body language, demonstrating active listening skills to facilitate assurance that the interaction remains successful, and having