The ability to communicate, interact with different cultures, and think critically is essential in the medical field. The interactive media scenario you will use for this assignment illustrates a situation that could easily arise when working in health care.
Read the scenario and answer the four questions that are provided.
Examine how the described problem might happen in your facility and the impact it could have. Work through this situation by examining all of the choices presented in the scenario.
Mike is running late again. The last time he spoke with his supervisor, he promised he would be on time. Mike even left his home 20 minutes earlier than usual, but there was an accident on his commute. The job is very important to Mike. He is the sole provider for his wife and newborn baby, but his supervisor told him that if he continued to be late he might face termination. Upon arriving, Mike observes a spill on the floor. He must make a decision: stop and make sure the spill is cleaned up or ignore it all together. If he safeguards the spill, surely he will be late clocking in and could face losing his job. Anyway, the spill is in another work area, and perhaps it will be cleaned up while he is clocking in. What decision should he make?
Mike decides to clock in so he does not face losing his job. He is making every effort to keep his job and cannot afford to be terminated. Besides, he has a list of things he needs to accomplish from yesterday in addition to his assignment for the day. Certainly someone else who is responsible for the area will take care of the spill soon.
Later, Mike is asked to go to a patient’s room to gather some patient information. He learns the patient was admitted to the hospital after falling in the lobby this morning. The patient is in a lot of pain and appears to have a broken hip from the injury. The patient goes on to describe the incident and asks him why this would happen in the hospital. She states, "I thought the hospital was a safe place. Don’t they have programs to prevent these things?"
A wave of guilt floods over Mike. He questions himself, “Could I have prevented this from happening?" Mike is now faced with a new dilemma. Should he admit to his supervisor what occurred upon his arrival to work this morning? What if by his admission, he is terminated anyway?
The patient is preparing to be discharged, but there has been a spill that led to the patient falling. You now need to explain that the discharge will be delayed until a full assessment has been completed. Additionally, educational materials and instructions need to be provided to the patient. A family member is present to help with discharge and follow-up instructions due to a language barrier.
The patient is sitting in the room waiting for instructions and discharge orders. The patient is getting anxious, having already waited for some time, and wants to leave. The patient does not speak English and is having a difficult time understanding why an assessment needs to be done just for falling down.
What measures will you take to reassure the patient, make the patient more comfortable or reduce the patients anxiety?
Given that the patient speaks and understands very little English, what other forms of communication might be used to provide patient education?
How would you assess if the patient understands the discharge instructions?
How will the actions of the staff member either negatively or positively impact patient care and the patient care experience?
What ethical values or decisions did the staff member make that do not align with the patient education policy?
What measures will you take to reassure the patient, make the patient more comfortable or reduce the patients` anxiety?
In relation to the case scenario, it is important to conduct a full assessment as part of the procedure requirement in cases when patients fall. In this case, I will reassure the patient about the need to take precaution by explaining why her discharge is delayed. To make the patient feel comfortable and minimize her levels of anxiety, I will explain to the patients all the procedures involved that will require more time to ensure that the patient does not develop any complications as a result of her fall (M