The Price of Tradition

February 1, 2012 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Traditions are usually seen in a positive light, and truly, most are wonderful ways to connect the past with the present. But then there are other traditions and habits that are accepted and performed automatically without question. The ones where everyone just does it because "this is the way it has always been done." While many of these kinds of traditions in someone's personal life may not have much consequence, not understanding the reasoning behind certain tasks in healthcare can lead to unnecessary or inappropriate care.

This appears to be the case with constant observation by sitters (i.e., people employed to...

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