Author Archives: Barbara
Community Paramedicine To The Rescue!
One morning, an 84-year-old retired NYPD officer fell in his home. His wife called the Emergency Medical Service (EMS). However, rather than responding and transporting him to the Emergency Department at a local hospital, a Paramedic assessed him for trauma, … Continue reading
When Things Go Wrong In Healthcare
There is just no great way to say it. Healthcare in the US is not as safe as most of us think it is. Medical errors unfortunately do happen in healthcare. There is plenty of blame to go around – … Continue reading
Just What is the Meaning of Healthcare?
After being in the business nearly forty years, I have come to realize I no longer (and perhaps never did) understand the meaning of the word “healthcare.” The concept of “healthcare” is malleable; it morphs into every size, shape, application, … Continue reading
Fundamental Truths of Healthcare
During my four decades in healthcare, “sacred” routine of patient safety (consisting of side rails and restraints) and concerns about making patients feel “dirty” (by wearing gloves while providing care) have disappeared. Along the way, I replaced those concepts with … Continue reading
Improvement Management is the Highest Application of Change in Healthcare
Implementing and maintaining change has become an enormous challenge within healthcare. It is little wonder. Continuous improvement efforts occur within a complex industry as transformational change is rocking its long-established business model. As a result, improvement has never been more … Continue reading
The Science of Yoga
Proving what millions of Americans have long contended, the benefits of Yoga are showing up in scientific studies today and well beyond anecdotal stories. Furthermore,Yoga is becoming an ideal healthy prescription for so many of us. According to studies, Yoga … Continue reading
Applying Lessons Learned from Medical Error to Everyday Life
Perhaps you have squirted a yellow packet of lemon juice onto your hot dog thinking it was mustard instead. Sometimes such mistakes are funny or just annoying – sometimes they can be very serious. Similar Look-Alike or Sound-Alike occurrences have … Continue reading
Feeding the Beast
I encountered a moment of truth while creating an online interactive class regarding Risk Management in healthcare recently. I had presented information about the importance to integrate risk management thinking into everyone’s job; in essence to critically question, “what can … Continue reading
Soap and Soup for Everyone!
OK, ok. I get it. Wash your hands. Do it often and do it well. I have been an RN forever and sometimes I swear I can feel Kooties on my hands. I take advantage of every opportunity to obliterate … Continue reading
A Healthcare Quality Refresher Guide – by Default
Something amazing happened the other day. I found a treasure I unwittingly buried for myself five years ago. While cleaning out a file cabinet at home, I discovered the notes I compiled while studying for my CPHQ (Certified Professional in … Continue reading