Nurses should call doctors by their first names to help prevent patient deaths

Nurses should call doctors by their first names to help prevent patient deaths

Nurses and physicians should avoid the use of official titles such as “doctor” or “Sir”.

Nurses should call doctors by their first names to help prevent patient deaths

Nurses must feel able to respond to primary care physicians by their first name in order to eliminate the barriers and to prevent the deaths of patients.
 
The Secretary of Health, Jeremy Hunt, said the strict hierarchy in the field of health is to prevent the nurses and physicians to express themselves as they notice the Clinical errors – he said that the deletion of this formality has been crucial to save more lives.
Talk to an international conference on the safety of patients, he argued the health sector has been one of the last professions to adopt the use of first names.
In most hospitals, staff usually follow the convention by using the official titles “doctor” or “Sir” – in particular during the communication with the physicians of very high level as registrars or consultants.
 
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During the course of the Conference, it has used the example of Elaine Bromiley, a patient who suffered an emergency surgery of the airway during an induction;
 

“In the room of the operation, if you have a hierarchy, it is that you have a pair of eyes spotting the error, then that if you remove the hierarchy you can have 8 or 9 pairs of eyes spotting these errors potentially lethal,” he said. 

“In the United Kingdom, we are still very hierarchical in medicine. 

“It is one of the only occupations where there is talk of Mister This doctor and that instead of the name of the first plan that are normally used.”

Peter Walsh, Chief Executive Action against Medical Accidents, said:

“Everything that allows for better team work between health professionals is to be welcomed, but, frankly, we expect more than simply encourage the use of first names. 

The “Safer Surgery Checklist’ has been shown to be effective to prevent errors in the involving whole teams, but it is not applied and not adjusted correctly.

 “Probably the largest factor which currently affects the teams of the is that they are under pressure. It is not much help being on first name terms if you are short of staff and exhausted.”

The initiative is the result of the announcement that there are five dead in the NHS all days caused by preventable errors. 

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