The major theme I had taken away was on informed consent and shared decision making. I thought today’s movie was very powerful and emotional. Informed consent should not be a single event or a box that has to be checked off a list. Rather, it is a process that involves a two way conversation between the caregiver and the patient about the procedure, benefits, risks, and alternatives. More importantly, the patient must have a complete understanding which can be enforced by verbal feedback. It was frustrating to see Michael Skolnick’s story unfold as another death could have easily been prevented if the care provider was more mindful of what he was doing and how he was communicating with the patient and family. As physicians and patients engage in shared decision making, it is imperative to never lose sight of patient autonomy and ensuring the… Continue reading
After watching the movie about Lewis Blackman, it became extremely apparent how essential it is for healthcare providers to be transparent from the beginning to the end of each and every patient encounter. It shocked me to see how Helen did not even know the identities of any of the individuals who were walking in through the doors to treat Lewis. From courses, we were always told to introduce ourselves in the beginning and the team role we play with the care of the patient.
Another important point I take away from today was on interprofessional communication. From the domino game, it was evident that efficient communication between physicians, nurses, administrators, and even family members is necessary for the care of the patients. There are many contributing factors that can block appropriate communication such as gender, culture, and hierarchial dynamics. However, with the mindset that everyone on the team is… Continue reading