Running a hospital: Grand Rounds -- When things go awry is the name of this week's Grand Rounds post. Paul Levy, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is known for his stance on transparency within the medical community. He is also known as "A man with a heart". His topic for the week certainly goes along with that.
In the spirit of Dr. Ernest Codman, I asked doctors, nurses, and other providers to write about incidents in which they made or were present for a medical error. What were the circumstances, and what did you do in response to the situation? How did you feel about the event, and how did it change your practice of medicine afterward.Take some time to peruse and read the his post, visiting all the links from the contributors. They are well worth reading. Make a comment, too, if you wish.
Likewise, I asked patients who have been the victim of, or loved-ones who have seen, clinical harm to tell their stories. How did your provider(s) respond, how has the event has changed your view of the practice of medicine, and what advice you would give to the profession?