Week 4: Workarounds and Their Implications for Patient Safety
- What is a workaround? Identify a workaround (specific to the technology used in a hospital setting) that you have used or perhaps seen someone else use, and analyze why you feel this risk-taking behavior was chosen over behavior that conforms to a safety culture. What are the risks? Are there benefits? Why or why not?
2. Discuss the current patient safety characteristics used by your current workplace or clinical site. Identify at least three aspects of your workplace or clinical environment that need to be changed with regard to patient safety (including confidentiality), and then suggest strategies for change.
This week in discussion:
We will talk about workarounds and their implications for patient safety. What is a workaround? What are the risks or benefits of risk-taking behaviors? Secondly, we will discuss current safety characteristics used by your current workplace or clinical site? Examine at least three aspects of your workplace/clinical environment that need to be changed to increase patient safety? Finally, what would you suggest for strategies for change?
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