This week we will be discussing the term “workaround.” Perhaps you have been using a healthcare information system and have found that at times it can be very frustrating and time consuming. Perhaps you have been tempted to find a creative “workaround” this issue. However, you quickly realize that this would be non-compliant with your company and just wait…This is a real problem in healthcare. What are your thoughts on these workarounds. Are there risks or benefits to discuss? Does this impact patient safety? In what ways? This should be a great discussion this week! Can’t wait to see you all in the threads!
What is a workaround? Identify a workaround (specific to 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?
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