Greetings again, another great day in Telluride learning about patient safety. Focused on informed consent, a topic which seems straight forward but is very complex.
Seems like the process and forms that we utilize in getting consent for procedures varies a lot from institution to institution. It has always come across as a ‘permission slip’ to do the procedure for the patient. But to reduce it to that is really a mistake and disservice to the patient.
Taking time to do a proper informed consent, explain the risks, benefits and alternatives provides a level playing field for the patient to ask or question any unexpected events. It helps to add another set of eyes to evaluating the course of care and recovery.
Great first day of safety conference today, which really helped set the stage for a great week.
I am excited because my role in patient care is very different from others as a “non clinical” physician, but hearing stories about other people’s experiences and systems failures which impact patient care has really helped me see how we all fit together in healing and in making/preventing error.
I am looking forward to discussing the role of technology, EMR and specifically how radiology contributes to errors. Id like to see how we can form safer systems that still take advantage of the benefits technological advancement offers, while keeping patient safety the primary goal of improvement.