The final day of the meetings of the International Patient Safety Collaborative is in the books. What an impressive day it was. We were fortunate enough to begin the day with Michael Leonard, MD., from Pascal Metrics.
Dr. Leonard showed why he is one of the world’s leading authorities on the topic with his discussions of patient safety techniques and solutions. My favorite part was his idea of having a specific word or phrase that people in the hospital could use to let everyone know that they were concerned. One hospital staff said “I need clarification” which everyone knew meant that everyone needed to stop and check to make sure they were on the right track. A wonderful presentation.
There was also a very engaging panel with five physicians discussing the different aspect and alternatives of patient safety. During the panel discussion it was clear that many of our challenges are the same, despite the fact that we are thousands of miles apart. However, what the panel showed was that there are many different approaches to addressing patient safety concerns, and collaboration such as this will help us identify options which we may not have even considered by looking only in our own systems.
There were many more highlights of the day, including a great presentation by Doug DeJong, the Senior Director of Pharmacy at St. Luke’s Health System. A great conclusion to a very engaging conference. Thanks to all who made this so successful. Each organization involved can take pride in knowing that they are making a difference in keeping people alive…across the globe.