NFL coaches agree that on a football team, the two most important players are the quarterback and the left tackle. The quarterback is obvious – they are the leaders of the offensive. But the left tackle’s job is equally, if not more, important. The left tackle’s job is to protect the quarterback from what he can’t see coming – to protect his blind side.
The following scenario is drawn from an incident reported to CHPSO:
During patient rounds a pharmacist asked if the patient should be on GI prophylaxis because he had an NG tube and recent abdominal surgery.The physician’s response was to draw up his fingers like a gun and “shoot” the pharmacist for asking the question.The pharmacist was embarrassed and intimidated by the physician’s actions and kept quiet for the remainder of rounds.He also commented to a co-worker that this was the last time he was going to speak up during rounds when Dr.X was ar
Most members of the health care community would be hard-pressed to believe that one single aspect of health care accounts for most errors that occur in medicine; that fixing and perfecting this aspect could lead to an almost error-free health care practice. But recent research suggests that this is the case and that one aspect of health care is teamwork.