Dr. Richard Reece, who writes the Medinnovation Blog, published an excellent post yesterday that outlines how, in his view, “how to become a physician hero.” He wrote:
Many health care safety innovations fill gaps in a system supposed to be continuous. Doctors can become heroes by serving as early-warning systems for patients, forewarning what lies ahead.
This blog is for doctors. Its purpose is to ensure safety of patients by informing them what to expect.
- Begin by giving patients written information about common hospital dangers. In the 1999 Institute of Medicine’s report To Err is Human hospital errors were reported to cause as many as 100,000 deaths a year in hospitals.
- Follow by “prescribing” patients online information for filling care gaps with interactive videos. The videos tell patients what surgical procedures and chronic disease episodes entail. They explain in simple, clearly illustrated, empathetic language possible dangers and complications.
There are a number of free and low cost patient information sources out there. The federal government, typically through the NIH, make materials available at no charge, other than the cost of reproduction. You can write your own, or hire a writer to help you create print and online materials. A quick Google search of “patient education videos” hits a number of sources, including the American College of Physicians. The NIH has an interactive patient education website with a broad collection of materials. You can creates links to these materials on your site.Do read the copyright notices on the site – the content often includeds materials from private sources that do have a copyright, so your “fair use” may be limited.
So, hop over to Medinnovations for this interesting and thought provoking article.