Day One Reflections

by Steven Peretlakto

The first day of the Telluride Experience was inspiring! Communication was emphasized throughout presentations and discussions.

Beginning the day with Lewis’s story evoked emotion and set the importance of what was to be discussed. His story resonated with me, and made our patient safety activities real. Things that I took away from our first day include: There is no “I” in team–that a team of health professionals benefit from open, nonjudgemental communication; That family members are an essential part of the team and not to discount their input. Additionally, when working up patients it is important to avoid being pigeon-holed into a diagnosis, and to be mindful of serious life-threatening conditions that must be ruled out. Overall, I am looking forward to the rest of the conference, and continuing to work collaboratively with a passionate group of individuals at the Telluride Experience!