Life-saving Experience

Go to a busy hospital if you want to live.

According to a study published in New England Journal of Medicine, your chances of surviving the big three–a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia–increase appreciably when you walk (or are carried) through the doors of an active emergency room. Your likelihood of living beyond the 30-day mark in some cases jumps 10%. At the brink of life and death, that’s a big deal. There’s more, though:

Patient satisfaction rates are higher, too.

It seems the knack for nailing the diagnosis and carrying out treatment becomes smoother as visit numbers go up. The staff delivers the correct medications, finds the appropriate specialists and moves the patient to the proper areas swiftly. Administrative hiccups are minimized and the delicate ballet of a hospital stay briskly passes from admission to release.


In a word, “experience.” Seeing hundreds of cases with a similar presentation helps doctors and nurses identify issues quickly. When every moment counts, the collective memory of successes and failures guides efficient action. A veteran professional spots the nuances on the fine line between “critical” and “stable” to prevent a “turn for the worse” and produce a “pull through.”

There’s a reason it’s called “medical practice.”

From the beginning, practitioners in every discipline are exposed to laundry lists of signs and symptoms for every condition on the planet. After that, it’s time to confront defeat. Everybody dies. Managing the emotions of losing out¬† and understanding what was missed is the core of working in healthcare. Without the wisdom of hindsight, the next patient’s odds of making it plateau at best.

If everything went perfectly, you’d never improve.

The mental torment of falling short, when it spurs thoughtful consideration of performance, is the chisel of your greatness. Each disappointment is a hammer stroke, chipping away piece after piece, until you are the phenomenal work of art you were made to be.

Each event, regardless of the outcome, shapes your future.

You learn based on punishment and reward.When you apply information gained through hardship, you determine the value of the happenings of a day. Utilizing that knowledge to identify similarities and avoid the missteps you’ve made before is what leads to success, whether at a bedside or in a boardroom.

You’ll recognize opportunities and threats easily. You’ll select a path faster than before. You’ll move confidently in the face of crisis, then act to prevent recurrence. You’ll feel assured, galvanized by the education you’ve received on the sharp edge of your mistakes. You’ll make better choices.

Before you know it, you’ll save your own life.


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