Q: What’s wrong with this picture?
A: Jews (or at least observant Jews) don’t eat Ham!
But even well meaning people can make mistakes, don’t they?
I thought of this when a client emailed me about an article about medical mistakes in The New Yorker (click here to read how checklists save lives)
She wrote: “This New Yorker article details how a Johns Hopkins doctor studied how using a checklist for inserting lines (central lines, dialysis, feeding tubes, etc.) in hospital ICUs dropped the infection rates to ZERO. I would encourage you to share this article with anyone who can make a difference in (y)our medical care. And I may be taking a checklist or two with me to the ER from now on.” SB
If I think of all the mistakes I make in a day, I’m blown away by how lucky I am that my mistakes don’t kill (I don’t think!)
I know many wonderful people who are healthcare providers and they’re all trying their best all the time. But, careful systems make mistakes happen less. We have to pay attention when people take care of us, don’t we.
Have you had this happen?
FYI – If you get this in your email box and are “dying” to comment and you’re like me – you need directions. Click on the link at the top (usually the title of the article). It will take you to the internet, scroll down the article to where it says, Comments, and Click on that.