I recently had the chance to watch the documentary film Chasing Zero, and I was really impressed by its message. The film is all about the importance of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and it does a great job of showing how these infections can be prevented through simple measures.
One of the things that struck me most about the film was its focus on the human cost of HAIs. Too often, we think of these infections as simply a problem to be solved, but Chasing Zero reminds us that behind every infection is a real person who suffers. This is something that we need to keep in mind as we work to prevent HAIs in our own facilities.
Another thing that I appreciated about the film was its frank discussion of the challenges involved in preventing HAIs. The film doesn’t shy away from the fact that it’s difficult to change established practices and that there will always be some risk of infection. But it also shows that it is possible to make progress, even in the face of these challenges.
Overall, I thought Chasing Zero was a powerful and important film. It’s definitely worth watching if you’re interested in learning more about HAIs and how they can be prevented.
The documentary Chasing Zero tells the story of Julie, a working mom who took a nap in a patient room on the Fourth of July weekend. She had just finished her first shift and was too exhausted to drive home, so she rested in the empty room. At around 9am, she met with her 16-year-old client who was pregnant and needed help.
The girl’s father found out about the pregnancy and came to the hospital to confront her. He was angry and upset, and he blamed Julie for not doing more to prevent his daughter from becoming pregnant.
Julie tried to explain to him that it was not her responsibility to prevent his daughter from becoming pregnant, but he would not listen. He told her that she should have done more, and he blamed her for his daughter’s situation.
The father’s anger and blame made Julie feel terrible. She felt like she had failed her client and her community. She decided to quit her job at the hospital after that incident.
Film Chasing Zero is a documentary about the work of Dr. Julie Gerberding, who served as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2002 to 2009. The film chronicles her work to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases, including the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Gerberding is interviewed throughout the film, and she discusses her motivation for working at the CDC and her commitment to protecting public health. She also discusses the challenges of her job, including the need to balance the needs of science with the need to communicate effectively with the public.
The film includes footage of Gerberding working with other scientists and public health officials to investigate and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases. It also includes interviews with people who have been affected by outbreaks of disease, including a mother whose son died of SARS.
Film Chasing Zero is an inspiring documentary about the work of a dedicated public health official. It is also a reminder of the importance of communication and collaboration in the fight against disease.
The surgical team had planned to break the young girl’s water and begin Pitocin so she could give birth. Because she was administering and providing an IV antibiotic, like her units procedure instructed, she prepared the patient’s epidural at the same time. She walked into the room with both of them, along with the patient’s IV antibiotic and epidural.
The two were identical in all aspects except for one-the tubing was different on each item because they came from distinct manufacturers. The nurse quickly realized her mistake, but it was too late-the damage had been done. The young girl went into anaphylactic shock and died shortly after.
This scene, from the documentary film Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm, is a powerful example of the potential for error in the healthcare system. The film follows the stories of patients and families who have been harmed by medical errors, as well as the providers who are working to prevent these mistakes from happening in the first place.
While watching Chasing Zero, I was struck by the scale of the problem of healthcare harm. Medical errors are estimated to cause more than 250,000 deaths in the United States each year-that’s more than car accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. And yet, the issue of healthcare harm is often overlooked in public discussion.
Part of the reason for this silence is the fear of liability. If a medical error is made, providers can be sued for malpractice. This puts a tremendous financial and emotional burden on the provider, and can even lead to loss of license. As one doctor in the film says, “The fear of being sued is always in the back of my mind.”
This fear leads many providers to avoid talking about errors, even when they know that doing so could help prevent future mistakes. As one patient says in the film, “If we don’t talk about it, it’s like it never happened.”
It’s clear that we need to find a way to address the issue of healthcare harm without discouraging providers from speaking up about errors. Chasing Zero is one step in that direction. The film provides a candid look at the problem of medical errors, and highlights the importance of open communication and transparency in the healthcare system.
I encourage you to watch Chasing Zero and join the conversation about how we can make healthcare safer for everyone.
This post was written by Sarah Houser, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. It originally appeared on The Doctor’s Tablet, the blog of Penn Medicine. Sarah is a 2018-2019 Doximity Author.
Sarah Houser is a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a 2018-2019 Doximity Author.