Mindfulness and patient safety

I thought I would use this occasion to re-blog my first blog, written three years ago. Interesting that I started writing about insight and self-awareness and my most recent blog talks about the same subject, through an evolved sense of understanding the world.

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Being aware is one of the first lessons in patient safety.

Awareness of self, of environment, of our patients; so often we walk around with our head in clouds of worry and thought, so called, mind-wandering – thinking about the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, what others think, what I thought.

A jumble of misremembered ideas is not a place to be when caring for the vulnerable and sick.

The image of a stone dropping into a still pond is sometimes used to represent Mindfulness, the ripples representing thoughts that disturb the calm but soon settle, leaving nothing behind.

When we work in a clinical environment, our minds have to be like that pool of water; we need to be relaxed and able to respond to the signs and symptoms of our patients, whether they are explicit in someone asking for help, pressing a buzzer or climbing out of bed…

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