Helen Haskell, MA; mother of Lewis Blackman, a 15-year-old boy who died from medical error; President of Mothers Against Medical Error; member of the IHI Board of Directors
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Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
Description: Lewis Blackman, a healthy 15-year-old boy, died in 2000 after an elective surgery. In this video, Helen Haskell, his mother, gives an example of the long-term impact of adverse events on patients and families.
- Who do you think is responsible for paying for medical care that’s needed because of an adverse event? What mechanisms do you know of to compensate victims of medical harm?
- Do you agree that death and injury from medical harm should be considered a preventable tragedy? Why or why not?
- Why do you think people sometimes don’t view medical harm as preventable tragedy?
- If you became disabled because of a medical error, how would it change your life?