Okay, let's use that example. How many times has his put his hospital into a bad light? How many times has he been reprimanded? How many times did they mention patient complaints? How may times have lawsuits been mentioned? In the real world, he would have been removed from the case or fired by the patient which he has also been on the TV show. In the real world, he wouldn't be going near the patient again especially with the number of wrong diagnoses to his credit. He is also not always the one doing the hands on assessment or talking to the patient. He has the "nice" doctors to do his communication and assessment. If this guy was in private practice he would probably be broke and probably not have a medical license. It is a TV show. In reality, there are many healthcare professionals and many specialists present. Have you watched TV shows about real patients and doctors? Medical Mysteries or any of the reality based shows? There is not a lot of drama nonsense by the physicians on them. Yet, they are still be able to diagnose and treat the patient.but I will simply draw a comparison to a TV Doctor (don;t chastize me for this reference)... House. His communication and people skills suck, but his assessemtn skills are 2nd to none. I know I am using a TV charecter as an example, but you can see how a great assessment can make up for lacking communication skills, not that anyone who takes EMS seriously should take a page from that book. Communication is just another important tool that must me utilized in a proper patient assessment. IMHO.
While the trial and sometimes error methods are part of making a definitive diagnosis, the one thing many professionals must practice on the patient and the families is effective communication.
In the health care profession, one observation has been made by the attorneys. People don't sue professionals who can communicate effectively and are perceived as nice with a professional bedside manner.
If you can not speak well and listen, all you will have is a body before you. Even surgeons, who prefer the patients are sedated, must communicate before and after surgery. They must also listen, whether they want to or not, to some of the things patients have to say.
Do an assessment without proper communication, including listening, and you could end up with an assault charge.
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