Collaboration and Communication – Patient Safety

Discussion – Collaboration and Communication – Patient Safety


Current research indicates that communication breakdown among health care professionals is a leading causes of medical errors and patient harm (PSQH, 2017). Choose one patient from this weeks scenario for discussion. Describe a potential error that could occur due to communication breakdown. Discuss evidence based strategies to avoid such errors. Include at least 2 evidenced-based strategies.

Include at least 2 current references.

Charity Williams     Age:  9 yo
    Weight:  110 lbs
    Admitting Dx:  Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), R/O aspiration
    PMH:  pneumonia 2x within last year, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay
    CXR:  hazy infiltrate RML
    Current medications:  Nexium 10mg PO once a day
    Diet:  bland thickened liquid feedings in upright position
    02 Sats 96% on 2 L 02 via NC
    Hgb 11.4, Hct 36.4
    No emesis last night
    Abd soft BM x2 yesterday
    IV Saline lock
    OOB to wheelchair as tolerated
        Mother primary caregiver and is overwhelmed with Charitys care.
    Consults:  Surgery to evaluate for Nissen Fundoplication and GT insertion                    
        Dietary to evaluate caloric needs and feeding frequency

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