After hearing about the LB story, it brought back numerous experiences with similar breaches in communication. One potential remedy which was not discussed today was the importance of a read back. Applying it to today’s discussions…what if a formal read back from an attending was expected by the culture of that hospital community?….
Attending: So you’re telling me this 15 year old patient is tachycardic, has a rigid abdomen, and has new onset severe abdominal pain, and you attributed some of his abnormal vital signs to blood pressure cuff size??
I’m sure that after repeating those words out loud, the story would’ve had a different ending.