Lessons from Battle
Qualify for a free subscription to HealthLeaders magazine.
On war and medicine: In every single war there are innovations made medically. Before the Civil War there were no medical records; WWI gave rise to blood transfusions; during WWII there was the use of penicillin; during the Korean and Vietnam wars, there were helicopter evacuations; the battlefield advances filter through to the larger community.
During this war, I think there are new ways of stopping hemorrhage, which is the No. 1 cause of preventable death on the combat field. Additionally, medical advancements in patient transport have evolved; now patients are basically transported in flying intensive care units.
On veterans' health: Those soldiers could be your next-door neighbor, your sibling, your friends, or you. It's important for society to know what these hundreds of soldiers go through and how they adjust to society.
On leadership: As a healthcare executive, you are packing people's parachutes and you are making a difference even though you might not always see it. When you are in that leadership role, there's a multiplier effect. The people you affect go out and do their thing and you can really make an impact.
This article appears in the January 2012 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.
Anna Webster is a contributing writer for HealthLeaders Media.
Questions? Comments? Story ideas? Anna Webster, Online Content Coordinator for HealthLeaders Media, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Anna Webster on Twitter
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- CA Powers Up $80M HIE to 'Create Value in the Data'
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal