Patient Disruption 101

Patient Disruption 101

  • Posted On : 3/14/2018 9:31 AM

The United States spends on average per capita two times more on healthcare than other developed countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Canada and others.  However, this does not make Americans any healthier than other countries; in some cases,  America is more unhealthy than other developed countries in many ways.

At some point in time, we all have to visit a doctor or hospital for an illness or injury. The experiences we have at these hospitals shape our perception of these places. This is where patient disruption starts.

What Is Patient Disruption?

The word disruption is defined by Merriam Webster as, “a forcible separation or division into parts; a disrupted condition.” When something is disrupted it is changed from the typical norms that normally occur in a given situation. Patient disruption, therefore, is when a patient experiences disruption during or after their stay in a hospital and along their overall healthcare journey. A number of disruptions can occur during a patient’s stay at the hospital; these disruptions can include:

  • A new nurse or doctor
  • Lack of sleep
  • A number of new tests conducted
  • A lack of communication between the patient & healthcare professionals

A patient can also experience patient disruption outside of the hospital. This can be caused by:

  • A new eating plan
  • A drastic change in their lifestyle
  • New medications

All of these disruptions during and after the hospital stay affect the patient overall at the end of the day.

Disruption is commonly known as a negative aspect of the overall patient-centered care system and the healthcare system as a whole, but a nurse can use this in positive ways.

Patient Centered Care & Patient Disruption Go Hand-In-Hand

Patient-centered care is not a new notion in the healthcare world. This healthcare approach has been around since the 1800s. It was once a means used widely by doctors and now it is about giving the patient the best experience possible. A healthcare professional has to exercise  compassion, respect, understanding, inform and educate the patient, coordinate with them, and accommodate to their family members and friends. They are also of assistance in the transition  after they are discharged from the hospital. Patient-centered care is not about the patient being always right, but rather putting the patient and their needs first and foremost.

However, this can be hard with constant patient disruptions occurring in a hospital on a regular basis. This is why patient disruption and patient-centered care can be a catch twenty-two. Patient disruptions are constantly happening, making the overall patient-centered care decrease during and after the time they spend with healthcare professionals.

What Are Some Common Forms Of Patient Disruptions?

Patient disruptions range from small everyday disruptions that happen in the hospital to disruptions that are out of their control. A common disruption for patients is lack of sleep during their stay at the hospital. This is from constant checking up from the nurses along with keeping up with checking vitals, administering medicines, and making sure patients are comfortable. (It can be hard to get comfortable when someone is always asking you!)  

A great way to combat this issue is with FlowCARE Nurse Server. FlowCARE Nurse Server allows for healthcare professionals to do a number of different tasks outside each patient’s room. This means less foot traffic going inside and outside of the room while the patient tries to rest, all while decreasing the risk of secondary contamination.

While technology has helped nurses and physicians do their jobs more efficiently, it can also be a disruption. When a machine goes down and a patient cannot get a necessary test, this is a disruption. If a hospital’s internet connection is spotty and the files are not updating successfully, this can cause the same patient to be asked the same question dozens of times. While technology keeps advancing in hospitals like Artificial Intelligence (AI), it can also cause a disruption.

Technology is a wonderful thing for so many, but it also has it downfalls. Any lack of communication between Director of Nurses, Nurse Leaders, Nurses, other healthcare staff and patients can often cause a major disruption.


FlowCARE Nurse Server is a patient pending pre-engineered nurse server made in the United States. FlowCARE is designed with nurses and patients in mind. This nurse server makes the patients’ lives easier, along with the nurses’ jobs. Contact us today for more information!  

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