These past two days have been a whirlwind of emotions and reflections on my own personal experiences. The stories that have been shared and the thought provoking discussions have been eye-opening. There is so much the healthcare systems needs to fix. To be honest, at times it seems more overwhelming than inspiring. But I figure if there is just one simple thing I can do to make one patient safe, than I’ve made a difference. If I do multiple simple things to improve my patients’ safety, then an even bigger impact can be made. I want to take it one step at a time and there are already ideas that have been shared that I hope to bring back to my medical school so at least introduce my classmates into the essential world of patient safety.
I just finished the required readings for the Telluride Experience and all I can say is wow. I would have never thought healthcare can be so dangerous and depend on safety so much. Growing up, you always think you get sick, you go to the doctor, you get better. But there is so much more to that. Medication dosages, in contact with bodily fluids, surrounded by sharp objects are all part of the job. Lots of things can go wrong. I didn’t realize this until I became a Patient Care Technician. I was able to see on the frontlines of how safety is crucial for patient care. I cannot wait to begin the Telluride Experience in Napa next week to learn more about what I can do now and as future physician on providing safe care for my patients.