11-3Thinking It Through
Peta Fry works as a respiratory therapist at a busy medical center. This particular day is busier than usual and it seems no matter how quickly Peta works, she cannot get her assignments done to keep on schedule. It is important for Peta to finish on time because she has a friend picking her up in front of the hospital right after work to go out for dinner. While working with Mrs. Homer, a bottle of water is accidentally tipped over because the patient did not see it due to her poor vision. Peta makes a mental note to call housekeeping when she finishes, so they can clean up the spill. When she finishes with Mrs. Homer, Peta realizes that she is going to be late and is afraid her friend will be upset. In an effort to save time, she decides not to change into the street clothes she brought with her to work and runs as quickly as she can to meet her friend.
Identify at least three behaviors of Peta that jeopardize environmental safety. What are the possible consequences of these unsafe behaviors?
What could health care considerations Peta have followed when working with the patient with impaired vision that may have prevented the bottle of water from spilling?