When "The Patient Comes First" Can Get You Killed - Rehearse Your Boundaries for this COVID19 Pandemic

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

As healthcare workers, we learn, "the patient comes first" as our Prime Directive.

Tragically, this reflex impulse to dive in and help without thinking, can get us killed - especially here in the Covid19 Pandemic.

We tend to dive in where the need is the greatest, never questioning our “the patient comes first” programming.

So for instance,

  • as a health care worker
  • if you see somebody down
  • who's not breathing and they don't have a heartbeat
  • you're gonna probably jump on them and resuscitate them.
  • It is a reflex action
  • We don’t even think about it under normal circumstances.

These are not normal circumstances. Stop for just a second.

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Tags: covid19, coronovirus pandemic, thought experiment, the patient comes first


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