Reflecting on the past week, I cannot stop thinking about the Lewis Blackman case and the movie “Bleeding Out.” I am touched by these cases and cannot believe the number of mistakes that occurred to allow these unfortunate events to occur. I learned so much this past week about open and honest communication and not being afraid to speak up if something does not look right. I also learned the value of caring for the caregiver so that when something unfortunate does occur, the caregiver is not consumed by guilt and fear.
Throughout out this past week, I became committed to helping promote the shift in culture that was presented to us by the various faculty. I am committed to promoting open and honest communication and making sure my peers in medical school learn and understand the topics that we discussed throughout the week. I believe that what was… Continue reading
As I approach my departure to Colorado, I can only think of the events that have brought me to this point in my life. Tomorrow, I will travel to a completely unknown place, however, I will also meet very similar minded individuals. I am both excited and nervous at the same time, most of all, however, I reflect on the patient incident that made me first interested in patient safety and quality improvement. I was an undergraduate student volunteering in a large urban hospital that served many underserved populations in the city. I met this patient early in my shift one morning and noticed that he had been labeled as a Fall Risk. This meant he had on his yellow socks and a yellow sunflower on his door. I was impressed by the double identification and the attention to detail. However, I soon realized the flaws of this system and… Continue reading