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LIN Session – Can You Multitask

Melissa Skaugset, MD and Michelle Lin, MD
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Nurses Edition Commentary

Lisa Chavez, RN and Kathy Garvin, RN
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EM:RAP 2017 March Written Summary 580 KB - PDF

Interruptions and cognitive overload are part of the game when it comes to a career in the ED. Should we just accept this or are there ways to mitigate the effects of  multitasking and task switching?

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one thing i tend to do (maybe because i tune out when the junior staff are trying to present the case) is to get them to take me to the patient and present in front of the patient. This allows me to pick up the non verbal cues and also the patient can correct the junior if an error is made. It also saves me time because I find the junior staff present in a more logical and coherent fashion at the bedside.

It was also mentioned about "rounding" (I'm guessing this is what we in Australia call handover of patients from shift to shift) finding somewhere away from interruptions. Our local practice (partly mandated by Austrlian hospital standards re handover) is to do handover at the bedside where possible - again this allows detection of the non verbal cues/ have certainly detected patient deterioration which I wouldn't have been aware of in as timely a fashion.

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