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safety

The Unknown Unknowns

Medicine is all about constantly asking questions. Why is it so? Can it be done better? What am I missing? What's the diagnosis? What labs/tests should I order? What kind of treatment(s) can I offer?

Lifewings Healthcare Quality Improvement

Today I attended a wonderful session put on by Lifewings outlining techniques to improve patient safety and communication in the healthcare arena. We role played scenarios in which communication between team members became pivotal in…

Barriers To Care

One of my favorite things about anesthesiology and critical care is the freedom I have to provide quality patient care. PACU and ICU nurses are top notch, pharmacists are always available with every medication I could possibly need, and as…

Swallow Your Pride – Remember The Patient

Training institutions face an interesting dilemma in allowing relatively inexperienced trainees to practice their skills while trying to provide safe and effective patient care. Attending physicians have mentioned feedback from trainees…

A Patient’s Right To DNR/DNI

Whether it's an outpatient clinic visit or a prolonged hospital stay in the intensive care unit (ICU), patients who have been deemed to have decision-making capacity have the right to refuse treatment. Four criteria are often assessed by a…

Patients and Protocols

Protocols and checklists are routinely used in healthcare to avoid oversights and preventable mistakes. In the perioperative setting, there are multiple hard stops to prevent dangerous mistakes (ie, doing the wrong operation on the wrong…