CommComm posted on April 18, 2012 00:42

I have a confession. I'm a drama guy. Yes, I know, I know: but therapy didn't help, so I'll just stay this way. This morning I posted a facebook post about the rise in scientific errors in medical journals . Errors. Mistakes. Things that can have serious complications. People-can-die territory. It's disturbing that mistakes are becoming more prevalent. But that's stating the obvious, right. Taken a step further let's move right into that hospital room where a surgery is about to happen. A patient gets prepped. Everyone is on their game. It could even be "minor surgery". Someone once told me that minor surgery is something that happens to somebody else. If anybody cuts me open it's major, am I right?

If that patient doesn't come out alive then an emotional door flies open that maybe no one can close. And what if an accident happened? A misstep? That door possibly stay permanently propped open. Such a tragedy goes right to where we live. The family wants details. Answers. They want MORE, period. 

So I ran across a play by the Trinity Repertory Company that addressses such a scenario. We see someone who made a medical mistake grappling with their own consequences and guilt, along with a family searching for a direction and answers.

The article is part play review and part observation.

Alonzo LaMont

alonzo@jhmi.edu


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