Communications Issues Between Doctors and Nurses

Nurse and Doctor

Miscommunication can lead to mistakes and possibly danger. Sometimes a nurse mis-hears a doctor or vise versa.

WE’VE ALL HEARD THE horror stories about tragic medical errors. Mistakes such as administering the wrong medication or dose, amputating the wrong body part or mixing up patients and procedures can all happen on occasion, despite hospital protocols designed to prevent such errors. Far from being harmless, these mistakes can be financially costly and have severe health consequences for patients.

A 2016 study in The BMJ found that medical mistakes are actually responsible for more than 250,000 deaths in the United States each year. If medical errors were classified as a cause of death – they currently aren’t tracked as such – they would rank third on the list of deadliest conditions behind heart disease and cancer. Human error is to blame in most cases of medical mistakes and many of these problems begin as a simple miscommunication between members of the care team.

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