Thursday, March 24, 2011

Patient Safety Workshop

One third of the Year 4 class wasted their entire Thursday at a 'Patient Safety Workshop' - the other 2/3 will do the session later in the year. I also wasted my Wednesday doing the pre-readings and answering thought-provoking questions such as "What are the potential holes in the Swiss cheese?"

Today we sat through lectures, watched videos, split into groups and brainstormed, and wrote on whiteboards. On the plus side, some parts were quite entertaining, it was good to see classmates, and we got morning tea and lunch. But overall it was quite long and tedious and could have been summed up with, "Do your best, but we're only human and we need systems and protocols for the protection of ... well, everybody".

However, I wouldn't have liked to miss the first video. Picture this: a stressed ED doctor had just hung up the phone - "it's not good enough, really. It's -really- not good enough" because the lab had lost some blood samples. In sauntered the ED nurse who got in nice and close to him, flirted briefly and then asked suggestively, "is there anything I can do to help?"

At this point, about 30% of the group was convinced we were about to watch porn.

Highlight of the day.

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