Category Archives: Patient Safety

Humpty Dumpty

October 30, 2004, was a glorious fall Saturday high in the Colorado foothills. I was high up on a ladder painting away as I had been every spare moment for the past month. The end was near! I had two … Continue reading

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Medical Pre-Task Planning

One tool that patients can use to encourage healthcare workers to slow down and think is medical pre-task planning. Pre-task planning is a tool that has been around a long time. It is commonly used in the construction industry to … Continue reading

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Two Poems

Post Op Then I awoke from dark dreamless Anesthesia sleep Then the loud voices came back calling Then the blurred images started floating by Then I slipped in and out this new world Then I could sense but could not … Continue reading

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Technology, or Why the Three Little Pigs were Misinformed

As an engineer, I have always placed far more faith in technology than in people. Many in the brave new world of “evidenced-based medicine” feel the same. But sometimes simple “people solutions” work where nothing else will. I live in … Continue reading

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Patient Safety 502

Patient safety is one of the newest fields that you can you can get a masters degree in. A traditional program is available through Northwestern University, or you can get an online degree through the University of Illinois. (Chicago is … Continue reading

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