Take off the boxing-gloves and share a cup of tea or coffee – whatever your preference.
Quality Improvement is, fun.
There is an assumption that when the lights go down and the night-staff appear on the scene that things become quiet and still – a little like a scene from Bambi.
Could you Facetime your doctor when you are on holiday in Greece rather than having to wade through the complexities of health insurance (yes, Brexiters) and a foreign health system?
She survived. She could have died – I never asked the question.
‘Did my dad die because someone didn’t follow policy, didn’t pay attention or, was the outcome inevitable?’ ‘Might my mum have survived the operation if she had a different surgeon or she was at a different hospital?’
You are unconscious, the focus for the doctors and nurses is maintaining your physiology with particular attention to your brain and heart.
When you see these misshapes, it feels to me like the supermarkets are merely making a token effort to be diverse or inclusive, like having a man at a WI party; they seem out of place and, despite their lower price, tend to get left in the corner.
Nevertheless, within the dark underbelly of medicine, where geriatricians live, there are some quite stunning effects often, from stopping and sometimes starting medicines.
They aren’t diseases or malfunctioning organs, they aren’t flow or machinations of the system; they are universes unto themselves and those who love them.
What could be better – working within science and the metaphysical, the harmonious synchronicity of mindful being and state-of-the-art clinical science?
How to change the system?
This I imagine is worldview mixed with upbringing, culture and something else; in cookery, this would be the Umami.
And so, back to the junior doctors –
Our actions at times border on the holy, and we cannot allow the profane to defile the sanctity of the experience.
And so, to my colleagues, the team of Mallard, I say, here we are – we are something special, we are the exception to the exception that allows magical things to happen.