Author: Gerry Altmiller, EdD, MSN, APRN
Title: Assistant Professor
Institution: La Salle University
Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN
This case study is designed to develop student knowledge of the (1) human factors and other basic safety design principles as well as commonly used unsafe practices and to develop knowledge of (2) potential and actual impact of national patient safety resources, initiatives and regulations. It is designed to increase skill regarding (1) strategies to reduce risk of harm to self or others, (2)reduce reliance on memory, and (3) to focus attention on safety in care settings. This case study focues on attitudes that (1) value the contribution of standardization/reliability to safety, (2) value their own role in preventing errors, and (3) value the relationship between national safety campaigns and implementation in local practices and practice settings.
This strategy is an unfolding case study of a patient with pancreatitis admitted as an in-patient. It provides an opportunity for students to learn about caring for a patient with pancreatitis while utilizing national safety standards for the patient’s care.