Tools of the trade

Tools of the Trade

From the beginning of time, (wo)mankind has developed tools to make us more efficient. While on the face of it, Medicine has been a proud beneficiary of this innovation, the preponderance of medical inventions in recent decades have been focused on molecular discoveries, or devices to support procedural skills. For

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Caring For Those Who Care For Us

I was recently reading about how we (in healthcare) should move from the triple to the quadruple aim. The triple aim says we should improve healthcare by focusing on three things: Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction); Improving the health of populations; and; Reducing the per capita cost of health care. And the quadruple aim adds care of the provider (of the care) to this list, which using hindsight does seem like a glaring omission. After all, it is received wisdom that you can’t take care of someone else until you take care of yourself.

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The Critical Role Family Plays in Patient Care

With COVID comes solitude and separation. And in a hospital setting it often means no family or friends. This has had profound impacts on care and reminds me of why it's so important to have loved ones near. Not just for the traditional reason: because patients and their loved ones need emotional support. But because the information family and friends carry can be crucial to care.

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