It’s hard to believe that Notes didn’t really exist a year ago. As 2015 comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back and see what you, the readers, decided were the best stories that we published this year. And you picked an interesting range of stories:
an op-ed on hemophilia drug pricing
a reflection on difficult conversations in health care
a report on using simulation to test a hospital’s new emergency department
a call for better mentorship in medical training
an update on neurosurgical treatment of cerebral palsy
So here they are — the Notes Top 5 for 2015, as chosen by you.
Weeks before the Meehan Family Pavilion at Milford Regional Medical Center opened its doors to a new Emergency Department on October 28, a few special patients had already been treated. There was a woman who went into premature labor, a child who accidentally overdosed on medication, and a man with a bacterial infection, among others.
All of these patients were in fact only actors playing their part in a SIMTest, a service provided by Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds) that helps expose unanticipated safety issues and avoid mistakes before they arise in real-life settings. Medical simulation has grown in popularity over the past ten years, as studies show that the practice can result in “safer and more efficient care for patients, providers, and systems.”
For 15 years, the Simulation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital has honed the concept of scenario-based simulation training in medicine. Through a recently launched initiative called SIM Network, the program is now taking the lessons it’s learned on the road, developing and offering more than 50 courses at nine community hospitals across eastern Massachusetts. …Read More