The interview, by Pauline Chen, the surgeon and NY Times author who writes the terrific “Doctor and Patient” column on-line, is here — it mostly focuses on my thoughts about patient safety 10 years into the movement. The story and topic were also picked up by Tara Parker-Pope in her “Well” blog, and the comments are already coming fast and furious. I had put the Kevlar vest away after the feedback from my New England Journal piece on “‘no blame’ vs. accountability” turned out to be surprisingly benign, but I may need to pull it out of deep storage. Patient safety generates such deep passions; it’s one of the things that makes thinking about and trying to improve it so damn interesting.
I’ve taken a bit of a blog break but will have a couple of pre-holiday posts in the next few days, one on our Root Cause Analysis epiphany at UCSF, and another one profiling the most creative researcher in all of medicine. Stay tuned.
I am angry. Perhaps, you are too. As a physician, it is heart-wrenching to watch people unnecessarily die from gun violence. As a mom, it strikes fear in my heart to know that our nation’s children are not safe in our schools. I vividly remember being a resident on call in the ICU when I […]
“We are playing the same sport, but a different game,” the wise, thoughtful emergency medicine attending physician once told me. “I am playing speed chess – I need to make a move quickly, or I lose – no matter what. My moves have to be right, but they don’t always necessarily need to be the […]
“One-out-of-three”. I’m going to say that one more time: “One-out-of-three”. That’s the amount of medical resources that a group of surveyed hospitalists believe is used toward defensive medicine. Can you think of any other aspect of your life in which 1/3 of your decisions are made, not to optimize the outcome, but “just to be […]