My name is Samuel Moffet and I am a first-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. I am excited about meeting everyone and getting to learn more about the field of patient safety in medicine.
Patient safety is an integral part of exemplary patient care because patient safety is the inial step to ensuring the patient’s trust in their physicians. If patients knew of unsafe practices or a sense of hostility, this adds to an already stressful experience of visiting the physician’s office. Without an established trust between the patient and physician, the patient may not disclose information about them entirely and feel guarded during the interaction. This cascade of events can ultimately lead to a vicious cycle of mistrust in the healthcare system, lack of diagnostic information due to the mistrust, and eventually an increase in physical and mental patient safety due to clinical mistakes.