October 29, 2020

Circle Up

In this episode of Critical Matters, we will discuss innovation in care through the lens of process and workflow. Over the last several months, we have discussed new drugs, novel therapeutic approaches, and ventilator management strategies. However, the most vital source of innovation and success has been adapting to COVID-19 with new ICU workflows.

Our guest is Dr. Laura Rock, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Rock is also faculty at Harvard Medical School, at the Center for Medical Simulation and is a trained Vital Talk instructor. She shares with us the concept of "Circle Up".

Additional Resources:
"Circle Up": Workflow Adaptation and Psychological Support via Briefing, Debriefing, and Peer Support: https://catalyst.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/CAT.20.0240
Emotions and COVID-19: GIVE to Connect, Understand, and Support: https://litfl.com/emotions-and-covid-19-give-to-connect-understand-and-support/
Don't Answer Feelings with Facts: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/04/13/laura-k-rock-dont-answer-feelings-with-facts/
An excellent resource to learn more about "Circle Up": https://harvardmedsim.org/circleup/
VitalTalk - Resource for Patient/Family Communication: https://www.vitaltalk.org/resources/

Books Mentioned in this Episode:
In Shock by Rana Awdish: https://www.amazon.com/Shock-Journey-Death-Recovery-Redemptive/
What Doctors Feel by Daniel Ofri: https://www.amazon.com/What-Doctors-Feel/
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande: https://www.amazon.com/Being-Mortal-Medicine-What-Matters/
Humble Inquiry by Edgar Shein: https://www.amazon.com/Humble-Inquiry-Gentle-Instead-Telling/