Apart from making sure you get things right for your own sake and the sake of your patient, getting things wrong in the medical profession can cause a huge problem. In the past, the doctors and other staff members have sued hospitals because of negligence, so even if you don’t intentionally get something wrong, it can be put down to negligence depending on what you did. However, all that can be avoided if you take extra steps to ensure you get as much accuracy as possible while at work.
Get enough sleep
It’s surprising how much better you’ll function if you’ve had enough sleep, and failing to rest enough before you start working can cause issues for you and your patients. Not only will you feel lethargic, tired and unable to concentrate, but also you’ll lack focus and may end up sacrificing various aspects of your job. While some days you won’t be able to avoid getting less sleep than you need, you should make the most of your down time and take power naps whenever possible to keep you energised and focused.
Take time to eat
Many doctors are rushed off their feet and don’t get chance to have a quick meal during the day. Even if you can’t sit down for an hour and enjoy a hot meal at work, you should try to grab something on the go and eat it when you get a few moments. Try to avoid drinking too much tea and coffee throughout the day, but focus on drinking plenty of water. If you struggle to find time for one larger meal, bring a few snacks to work so that you can keep your blood sugar levels up and prevent yourself from feeling too tired and hungry.
Check your equipment
Each time you come into work, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of quickly checking through your equipment, particularly the items you think you might be using quite a lot throughout the day. If you have an Omron BP monitor that you know you will be using on many patients, check that it’s still where it should be and hasn’t been borrowed by another member of staff. This will save you time when your appointments do arrive, since you won’t have to leave the room and start trying to source other equipment to use.
Input data correctly
If you are told new information or need to update somebody’s details on the hospital system, make sure you take an extra minute to check over it and ensure you have written it correctly. Writing the incorrect address could mean that their important letters don’t make it to them, and given wrong details about their blood pressure or cholesterol could mean they end up being put on the incorrect medication that could cause problems later on. If you’re in doubt about personal details, ask your patient. If you’re not sure about something medical or a reading you’ve just taken, you can always take it again as long as your patient is still in the surgery!