Advanced Life Support (ALS) Level 3 (VTQ)

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When communication breaks down

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Consequences of Communication Breakdown in Emergencies


Exploring the potential repercussions when communication breaks down during emergency situations.

1. Inaccurate Information

Delayed Response: Inaccurate details provided to the control room can lead to delays in ambulance deployment.

Wrong Location: Providing incorrect road names or town names may dispatch the crew to the wrong area.

Proper Prioritization: Be honest about the severity of the situation to ensure appropriate response prioritization.

2. Ambulance Crew Confusion

Difficult to Prioritize: Missing or incomplete information from the caller can lead to confusion for the ambulance crew.

Utilize Conscious Patient: Gather essential details while the patient is conscious to aid in better decision-making.

3. Poor Hospital Handover

Drugs and Medications: Inaccurate documentation may result in administering drugs that clash with the patient's history.

Accurate Flow of Data: Proper documentation ensures a smooth flow of accurate information through the healthcare system.

4. Continuity of Care

Discharge to GP: Information is passed to the patient's GP upon discharge, influencing ongoing care decisions.

Chain of Communication: The communication process begins with the emergency call and continues until the GP receives discharge notes.

Accuracy is Key: Double-check and ensure the accuracy of information at every step for optimal patient outcomes.