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the things I learned as an intern

Abraar Karan
As a third-year medical student on an internal medical clerkship, I learned the most important lesson about how to care for patients. I saw my attending physician give attention first to the person he was treating, and then to the patient and her clinical picture. They are not the same, and our training in medical school does not always teach us this distinction. Months later I found myself with an opportunity to truly help another individual who had been clinically and emotionally overcome by his disease. My attending physician's lesson guided me in a very meaningful way: it allowed me to remind a man that he was more than the disease he was fighting...
July 2016: Annals of Family Medicine
Naomi Otsuka
The author joined the emergency health operation of the International Red Cross for Haiti earthquake as one of Japanese Red Cross delegates for about one month in May, 2010. Althought I was not expected to offer the skills and experiences as an anesthesiologist, but those of a general practicing, I learned many valuable things from seeing local people, especially about the characteristic diseases and symptoms after disasters caused by living in the camp which was not an ideal environment to be in so long. It is difficult to know much about such typical problems through our usual work as an anesthesiologist...
December 2011: Masui. the Japanese Journal of Anesthesiology
Sally F Bloomfield
Contrary to expectation, the risks of infection are growing rather than declining, even in everyday life. After all, who is able to make a distinction between cleanliness and hygiene? This situation is further compounded by the growing number of persons who are susceptible to infections. If one wants to combat infectious diseases in an economically feasible and consistent manner, public support must be sought. In turn, the public have a right to be informed in a proper and responsible manner. The difference between "dirt" and "contamination" must be highlighted once again...
2007: GMS Krankenhaushygiene Interdisziplinär
Marinah Valenzuela Farrell
In order to stop bullying we must recognize and assess the problem, discuss it, educate and train employees, and create zero tolerance policies and formal/informal complaint processes, ensuring that they are fair and safe for the person making a complaint. This series of articles has touched on the very real issue of bullying in our workplaces and among our professional peers in midwifery. My personal goal for this series was to find the essence of the lesson in bullying and how it can become a positive subject...
2007: Midwifery Today with International Midwife
I Ralph Edwards
The WHO World Alliance on Patient Safety is a new, all encompassing project to improve medical care. Individual patients are the focus and all countries are encouraged to develop systems in which medical error, therapeutic accidents and failures are minimised. The potential for adverse events is present at all levels of healthcare and in all disciplines. One working group in the Alliance is charged with promoting and developing a 'reporting and learning' culture for adverse events in all areas of medical care...
2005: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
Linda W Cranfill
Creating this type of a program is a challenge and takes the time and commitment of key players. Most healthcare facilities have had systems and processes in place for years to "ensure quality." Inherent in those systems has been some ability to detect errors and to identify opportunities for improving quality of care. The next evolution of ensuring quality requires healthcare organizations to become far more proactive with error detection and correction systems. How? Becoming more openly and honestly communicative internally is an important first step...
January 2003: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
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