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‘Useless at the bedside’ - Haphazard training endangering patients

Nov 11th, 2022 | Category: EDITORS' FORUM | 14:38
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#JamaicaGleaner #Nurse #Nursing #AlliedHealth #Healthcare #UnitedStates #Canada #unitedkingdom NOVEMBER 11, 2022: The lack of standardisation in the allied health sector is resulting in graduates leaving institutions being unable to carry out vital checks or recall information critical to ensuring patient safety. President of the Practical Nurses Association of Jamaica, Stephanie Powell, said the ability of graduates to recall and recognise important abbreviations is among the areas where the concern is greatest. To highlight her point, she shared that NPO – from the Latin nil per os, which means ‘nothing by mouth’ – is a common abbreviation that is at times placed above patients’ beds. “The practical nurse went in that room and gave that patient water, and I said to her, ‘Do you

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