Patient Safety Essay

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First and foremost, after reading this story, it makes you stop and think of several incidents that can occur within the hospital system. Not just from a nurse’s perspective but also from a parent’s perspective too. It’s scary to think that many patients could be receiving the wrong medication or wrong dose of a medication even after three to five providers verified the medication. If Kelsey’s parents had not been by her bedside, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, they perhaps wouldn’t have known exactly what was going on with the cares for Kelsey (i.e. 100mg dose vs. 10mg.) With that being said, it’s well pointed out in this story, even when a persons family member or parent who works in the healthcare profession, might know a lot about the …show more content…
In Kelsey’s story the father points out that patient safety should be number one priority. If we have been working with one patient for months on end, you might know what medications they take pretty well, and we can help reduce medication errors. I know that at the hospital I work at, patient safety is our number one priority and will do anything to keep our patients safe and free from harm. I personally have seen medication errors occur, to the best nurses and doctors out there. As a team we all need to be vigilant. I have also seen a vast reduction in medication …show more content…
When I become a nurse, I know there will be days that will be super busy, doing double shifts, taking care of multiple patients, but one message that I personally take away from this, is always know your own limits and never be afraid to question the doctor if you don’t think something is right. I also take away from this story of how important it is to have families who are involved in their family members care(s). I know there are times that family members can be overwhelming with the patient’s cares but this story demonstrates that sometimes we don’t know the whole background to the story. It’s important to always involve the family, even if they don’t know what is going on because as this story demonstrates, even when you believe your son or daughter is in the right hands, and can trust anyone to take care of them, mistakes still

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