(Answered) NR360 Week 4: Workarounds and Their Implications for Patient Safety


NR360 Information Systems in Healthcare


  1. What is a workaround? Identify a workaround (specific to technology used in a hospital setting) that you have used or perhaps seen someone else use, and analyze why you feel this risk-taking behavior was chosen over behavior that conforms to a safety culture. What are the risks? Are there benefits? Why or why not?
  2. Discuss the current patient safety characteristics used by your current workplace or clinical site. Identify at least three aspects of your workplace or clinical environment that need to be changed with regard to patient safety (including confidentiality), and then suggest strategies for change.


A workaround is described as a quick shortcut to perform a task. A workaround can lead to behaviors that violate, improvisations and procedural failures. In my facility, we use the bili tool to determine their bilirubin level on newborns. We place the tool in the sternum area and press it against the chest three times and it gives the number. The number determines whether we have to draw a blood sample from their heel.…..please click the icon below to purchase full answer at $5