Articles of Interest

What’s All This About Journaling?

Posted October 31, 2018

By Hayley Phelan Oct. 25, 2018 It was my ex-husband who got me journaling again. Our marriage was falling apart, and, on the advice of his friend, he had started to do “morning pages,” a daily journaling practice from the seminal self-help book “The Artist’s Way.” Though I had kept a diary throughout my teen years and early 20s, somewhere along the way I’d fallen out of the habit. At 29, though, I was deeply unhappy and looking for answers wherever — anywhere — I could find them. It helped. Once the domain of teenage girls and the literati,...

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Tim Cunningham column: In death’s wake, the power of The Pause

Posted September 8, 2018

By Tim Cunningham He collapsed at school by his locker, just 11 years old. After 9-1-1 was called, the EMTs arrived and began CPR immediately. He was brought to our emergency department and we did everything we could — IVs, ventilation, sympathomimetic drips — but nothing worked. We couldn’t save him. The attending physician declared him dead — calling the code and noting time of death — as we, without a moment’s hesitation, stepped back into the noisy mix of an overcrowded emergency department. Shaken — as I’ve been after every pediatric...

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10 Things Parents of Pediatric Patients Want During a Hospital Stay

Posted April 30, 2018

Hospitals cannot improve the patient experience without listening to — and acting on — patient feedback, Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, senior vice president for clinical safety at Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare, said in a 2015 blog post for Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Dr. Pronovost formerly served as director of the Armstrong Institute and senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, he worked with Jane Hill, Johns...

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Why Partnering with Patients is Key to a Culture of Patient Safety

Posted April 9, 2018

Patient safety is part of the patient experience promise clinicians make. Clinicians must integrate the patient into the care team to deliver on that promise. Source: Thinkstock  By Sara Heath April 09, 2018 – When a patient visits a hospital, she has the expectation that she will be treated with empathy, respect, and clinical excellence. At the core of each of these elements is the understanding that she will be safe. But all too often, the promise of patient safety isn’t upheld. Adverse patient safety events and medical errors are the...

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To Err Is Human, Even If You’re A Doctor

Posted March 25, 2018

In 2002, my then 55-year-old father went to his doctor because of a severe headache. He was diagnosed with sinus infection and was given a nasal spray and sent home. His headache worsened into “the worst headache of my life,” and so the following day, he went back to his doctor. He was again diagnosed with sinus infection but this time he was prescribed with an antibiotic before being sent home. After two days, my mother saw my father crawling on the floor. He could barely move or talk. He was rushed to a local emergency room where he was...

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