January 16, 2011

I was working at the ward the other day, and I happened to see the following written in the notes.

Plan: “Family meeting with the weekend on-call psychiatrist to discuss discharge.”

Now, the idea with having a family meeting is to discuss management, plans, discharge etc with a patient’s family by someone who knows what’s going on. The On-call doctor is someone who’s just covering for the day – not an appropriate person at all. It’s just a thought, but one would think that when one gets paid to make the big decisions, they don’t palm them off in such fashion. The shift leader couldn’t believe it, but it was marked in on the weekend whiteboard. Would’ve liked to be a fly on the wall the next day.


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