If you were forced to choose between patient safety and patient rights, which one would you choose?
Feb 9, '12
Safety. It is a nursing standard, an industry standard and a major expectation of the patient, family and court system
Feb 13, '12
False dichotomy - Safety (freedom from harm) is the most important right of any patient.
Feb 20, '12
No context... everyone says pt safety, which is true... but you will never be able to violate a patient's right to keep them safe, ever. You can't make them choke down pills they don't want to take, even if they are necessary medications, and you can't make a patient go to dialysis if they don't want to. Just two examples. It makes me mad when I see nurses lying to residents about what their medications are when they are being passed just to save 30 seconds of time. It is a clear violation of patient's rights unless the family and physician and facility have all agreed and made it part of patient's chart as orders. I have dementia patients that I have to explain each and every medication to on every pass, and it is worth the time to me.
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