begin collaborative rounds on the heart surgery service with nurses, other team members, patients and families at the Salina Regional Health Center. When everyone involved - including patients and families - can talk, listen, and share insights together about what is best for each patient, safer care is created.
Dr. Uhlig has a long interest in patient safety and collaborative care. He is a national leader in improving health care teamwork with active engagement of patients and families. He has given invited presentations on health care teamwork at health systems across the US, Canada, and Europe, where he was awarded a King James IV Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Scotland) for contributions in patient safety.
Dr. Uhlig is associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita where he teaches and studies about patient safety, and is co-executive director of HealthSim United, a regional initiative to advance the education of health professionals in patient safety and interprofessional care through the use of simulation. He is a founding member of the Collaborative Care Alliance and Collaborative Care Learning Network.
Much can be done to improve how care teams work together, share information, and engage patients and families in care and decision making.
In the photo, chaplain Noni Strand, nurse practitioner Angie Bogart, and pharmacist Steve Finch are about to