The Checklist

In today’s times in healthcare it definitely “pays” to be safe than sorry, malpractice suits are high and reputation is at stake. Patient safety is vital, it also shows the compassion behind the skills to treat our patients. Safety checklists are applicable in all aspects – medications, surgical procedures and even just individualized medical consults, but what forms this checklist is the challenge we bring to the table in today’s chat with our special co-host Goldi Erowele PharmD (@carenovatemag) who also holds a special advocacy against medication errors (part of patient safety).

Quoted from Dr. Atul Gawande’s book The Checklist Manifesto – “We are all plagued by failures – by missing subtleties, overlooked, knowledge, and outright errors…We are not in the habit of thinking the way the army pilots did as they looked upon their shiny new Model 299 bomber, a machine so complex no one was sure human beings could fly it. They too could have decided just to “try harder” or to dismiss a crash as the failings of a “weak” pilot. Instead they chose to accept their fallibilities. They recognized the simplicity and power of using a checklist.

I am a firm believer of the adage of – complex matters begins on what seems to be the most simple thing/s.

And so with this please join us at #HealthXPh on April 11 at 9pm MLA/9am EST as we discuss and come up with our own redefined checklist and live up to it. How? Here are the questions:

Q1- How do you personally define patient safety? What components will you include in your own checklist? Cite examples.
Q2- Medication errors are rampant, how can HCPs guide patients, empower them to ask more Qs during visits? Any resources?
Q3- What, in your own practices and lives as HCPs or patients, constitute a well-covered checklist? Explain.

See you then for our Saturday jamming at #HealthXPh together with the team and Goldi Erowele PharmD (@carenovatemag) !

Reference: The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande

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