6 Ways Nurses Can Solve Patient Care Problems
Marijke Durning | NursingLink
It’s inevitable. With all the news and TV programs about medical errors, you’re going to come across a patient who is afraid he is going to get the wrong medication, have the wrong limb amputated, or be put through unnecessary tests.
If your patient is concerned about medication errors, explain to him how your medication distribution system works from the time the doctor writes the order, to the time it is administered. Show him the medications before he takes them so he knows what color each pill is, and why he takes them. Often, once a patient understands that it’s okay to look and question, they relax.
The same advice goes for the other mistrust issues. The best way to get a patient on your side is with good patient teaching and by letting him know that you are listening to his concerns, no matter how they appear to you.