“The Faces of Medical Error from Tears to Transparency” film kicks off Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable

The patient safety film “The Faces of Medical Error from Tears to Transparency…The Story of Lewis Blackman” was shown this morning to international patient safety leaders, patient advocates, medical educators and 20 medical student leaders from across the US. The award winning film kicked off the Seventh Annual Telluride Patient Safety Educaitonal Roundtable. This years Roundtable continues the discussions and consensus building from the previous two years on the need for Open, Honest and Professional Communication between caregivers and patients/families related to unanticipated patient care outcomes. Helen Haskell, the mother of Lewis Blackman, along with Tim McDonald and Dave Mayer led interactive discussions with attendees after the film on (1) why honest communication in healthcare has been lacking and (2) the positive changes that have been observed by health sytems who have adopted a culture of open, honest and professional communication after unanticipated outcomes occur.  Rick Boothman from the University of Michigan will join Tim McDonald in facilitating the afternoon’s open and honest communication educational session on “Where we are and how we got here”.

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One Response to “The Faces of Medical Error from Tears to Transparency” film kicks off Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable

  1. Jessica Lee says:

    Thank you for a terrific first day. I’ve been involved in patient safety on the policy side for several years, and am so excited to meet other medical students, health care professionals, and patient advocates with the same interests. One point that resonated with me was the importance of immediate and continuing communication with patients and families. Dr. Tim McDonald mentioned that he and his colleagues redesigned the seven pillars of responding to patient safety to incorporate that feedback from Helen Haskell. A second point that I will carry with me into practice is to always ask, “What’s the worst it could be?” when evaluating a patient. I look forward to discussing barriers to overcome tomorrow!

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