Attending the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety is important to me because I practice within a field that is rich with opportunities for growth in terms of patient safety (Psychiatry). Because of the unique needs of our patients, we often have different practices from other specialties, especially within the inpatient setting. One example that I can think of in particular is the inconsistent use of patient care handoffs. This is an area that other specialties of medicine have made great progress in over the past decade or so but Psychiatry continues to lag behind. There are inconsistent practices for patient care transitions (both within the literature, but also practically speaking in clinical practice) and this can increase the risk of clinically relevant information being lost- impacting patient care outcomes.
My interests in Patient Safety also relate to the wellbeing of the healthcare workforce. When our caregivers (nurses, allied… Continue reading