Moving forward when I reflect upon what scares me the most, its being responsible for the death of a mother or child. It’s knowing that either due to my inability to act or my acting/operating in an inappropriate manner that led to the death of a patient. My worst nightmare is having to confront a patient and or family to let them know that irreparable damage has been done on my watch… to my patient…. to someone they care about. How do you/they move forward from that devastating news?
A few months ago I was a part of a post mortem cesarean section. The mother coded early one morning on the floor after being admitted the previous night for pneumonia. Nursing and staff was alerted after family noted the patient seizing in her hospital room. ACLS was initiated and the patient was briskly… Continue reading
As a provider of obstetrics and gynecology, I have vowed to care for others without causing harm. The idea of balancing beneficence and non-maleficence is an idea that has captivated me, especially as a learner in residency. One way in which I am exploring that balance is through my resident research project, studying patient outcomes and need for additional procedures with residents versus staff physicians performing LEEP procedures. My interest involves exploring patient care and patient safety as it relates to resident training to provide an atmosphere in which both parties benefit.
In attending this conference, my goal is to identify potential safety concerns for my patients so that we as a healthcare system can implement interventions and make care safer for the people we are working to treat. Thousands of patients each year are affected by gaps in care. Too many of these… Continue reading