Topic 1 US Healthcare System

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1 Macy Bundy HSM: 241 Topic 1: US Health Care System 9/7/2007 Red Bold= Terms/ideas described Blue Bold= Topics to learn about Black Bold= Leaders
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2 When doctors think of medical mistakes, they often believe that they are the outlier; they have the mind set everyone has when thinking about something bad happening to them, or in this case, their patients, “That will never happen to me!” The exception to that is no one is untouchable. Every year thousands of people lose loved ones to medical errors , and yet every year medical mistakes continue to happen without change to the system. The Remaking American Medicine Healthcare for the 21 st Century (RAMH) video examines medical errors and how leaders of today’s health care system have initiated the response to this ever growing crisis. A medical error “could mean a health-care provider chose an inappropriate method of care, such as giving a patient a certain asthma drug without knowing that he or she was allergic to it. Or it could mean the health provider chose the right course of care but carried it out incorrectly, such as intending to infuse a patient with diluted potassium chloride--a potassium supplement-- but inadvertently giving the patient a concentrated, lethal overdose (Nordenberg, 2000).” During the first section of RAMH, Sorrell King and her family share their story of medical injustice. The King’s 18 month old daughter, Josie, had died five years prior at John’s Hopkins Hospital, due to dehydration. The failure of the medical team had been on the part of listening to the family. Not only did Sorrell tell the nurses of her daughters need for attention, but she had also warned her doctors and other medical staff that was assigned to the care team, yet nothing was done. After Josie’s death and up till now, Sorrell has fought the fight her daughter never had the chance to wage. Sorrell, along with other John’s Hopkins’ staff, developed new ways to utilize the patients and their families in their health and recovery. Motivating her was the drive! She knew Josie would not have died if the medical team had listened to her concern, and now her family Red Bold= Terms/ideas described Blue Bold= Topics to learn about Black Bold= Leaders
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3 was not going to just sit around and wait for their check from the hospital, they were going to make a difference in the world of health care. Condition Help, or Condition H as it is referred to, was the brain child of Sorrell
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