Mental Health

Strategies for Reducing Medical Errors in Patient Care

According to a Johns Hopkins analysis of the medical death rate during an eight-year period, more than 250,000 deaths a year could be attributed to medical error. Each year, great strides are made in the medical community to improve patient safety. Continued research and development are necessary not only in hospitals but also in public and private medical practices. Here, we discuss a few strategies that are being implemented to achieve this.
Encourage a culture of reliability.
First and foremost, it is vital that the medical community develop an environment in which accountability is encouraged. The line here is that it is far too easy to lean to a “punishment” type of environment in which medical providers are actually discouraged from accurate reporting. The rule of proper accountability is to focus on behaviors rather than care providers.
Reliability is also a cornerstone of adequate medical care, and there may be no better way to achieve the highest standards of reliability than for each medical provider to have an in-depth familiarity with human anatomy. Training is something that never stops for the medical professional. Med Ed Labs has been established to support physicians and staff in their quest to improve quality of care while simultaneously reducing the risk of medical errors. Although numerous VR platforms have been developed to assist medical students in their training, they are not and should not be perceived as a substitute for human cadaver training.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration
In just about every instance of patient care, there is a chain. Where there is a handoff of patient care from one provider to another, communication will always be a critical point; one at which medical errors could happen. Quality assurance experts have observed positive […]

Why a Mental Health Day Matters, and How to Maximize it

We have all either been there or are fast approaching that moment when taking a break from the day to day hustle becomes an absolute must. Our need to get away from it all has actually been made formal. World Mental Health Day for 2016 is October 10th. In case you missed it, know that you don’t need an excuse to take care of your emotional needs. In fact, there are very good reasons to do so.

According to research, a large majority of the average person’s stress comes from work. This is true no matter how much you love what you do. Here’s a clue: if you feel anxiety tugging at your gut when you walk into your office, you need a day off. Research also shows that, when we do unplug as needed to lower our stress levels, we return to work more productive. One last bit of research . . . The American Psychological Association reports that nearly half of American adults (42%) are not taking steps to manage stress.

How to Tackle your Mental Health Day
We do a lot of talking about training and why it matters, but unwinding is equally as important, especially for those who consistently provide care for others. While it can be tempting to take a day off here and there to check off some items on your personal to-do list, that is somewhat counterproductive to the intent of this mode of self-care. Here are some ways that you can get the most from your mental health day.

Get a nature wash. If you haven’t heard of forest bathing, you’re missing out. The idea that nature is nourishing extends beyond the forest and all the way to the […]

October 15th, 2016|Mental Health|0 Comments|
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