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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Grand Rounds gets personal

Paul Levy says his blog Running a Hospital gets the most responses not when he talks policy or science, but when he shares personal stories he comes across as CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. That's why, when his turn came to host this week's edition of medical blogging's Grands Rounds, he solicited entries about personal experiences that changed the writer's behavior or beliefs.

Sometimes the writer is a patient, sometimes a caregiver and sometimes both. A Philadelphia nurse anesthetist writes about her harrowing experience as a patient with what is benignly titled "awareness under anesthesia."

"My horrific experience under anesthesia has empowered me to become a strong listener, a better CRNA, a more genuine patient advocate, and a more caring person," Terry Freemark writes on her blog, Counting Sheep. "I try to tune in to my patientsí preoperative anxieties, and I pay particular care and diligence to ensuring that their anesthetic experience is optimized to their comfort, well-being, and safety. To do anything less for my patients would be diminishing to the standards of my profession, to what Iíve lived through, and to who I am."

She'll be hosting next week's Grand Rounds. The subject is pain.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 11:03 AM
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