Should the patient be discharged?
On a Wednesday afternoon, the interprofessional health care team met to discuss his discharge plan. We sat around the conference room table and began to discuss the situation. Some of the members of the team felt he was ready. Others did not.
Would you like to know each team member's opinion?
“I think we may be rushing this discharge. The patient and his wife immigrated to Canada and don’t have any family living here. They also don’t have children. This means they may not have the support they need should something go wrong.”
“I didn’t realize this patient was ready for discharge, I haven’t received a request to complete the home care assessment. I need to make sure the patient will be safe when he returns home and I need to determine what equipment he may need.”
“We’ve promised the bed to another patient (we have a shortage of hospital beds right now). But, I also want to make sure that the patient is safely discharged. The patient has a history of falls.”
Questions for Herminia
Each member of the team may have a different perspective based on their role. They may know things that the doctor doesn’t know about the patient, or understand the specific challenges that the patient faces. These different perspectives are often where conflict on teams arises. Understanding role responsibilities of all team members can help with conflict resolution.