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Supervision Pocketcard

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Pocketcard based on the SUPERB/SAFETY Model of resident supervision.

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Supervision Pocketcard

  1. 1. SUPERB Guide for Attending Supervision Set expectations for when to be notified I want you to contact me if a patient is being discharged, transferred to the ICU, going to surgery or another service, dies, or leaves AMA. Uncertainty is a time to contact It is normal to feel uncertain about clinical decisions. Please do contact me if you feel uncertain about a specific decision. Planned communication Let’s plan on talking around 10pm on your call nights and before you leave the hospital each day. If you get busy or forget, I will contact you. Easily available I am easy to reach by page, or you can use my cell phone or my home phone. Reassure resident not to be afraid to call Don’t worry about waking me up, or that calling is a sign of weakness, or that I will think your question is stupid. I would rather know what is going on. Balance supervision & autonomy for resident I want you to be able to make decisions about our patients, but I also know this is your first month as a resident so I will follow closely. (Tailor for more experienced residents to emphasize autonomy) ©Arora, Farnan. 2009
  2. 2. SAFETY Resident Guide for Attending Input Seek attending input early Involving your attending early can often prevent delays in care and provide quicker results. They are also legally responsible for patients. Active clinical decisions Contact your attending if an active clinical decision is being made ( surgery, invasive procedure, etc.) Feel uncertain about clinical decisions It is normal to feel uncertain about clinical decisions. You should contact your attending if you feel uncertain about a specific decision. End of life care or family/legal discussions These complex discussions can change the course of care. Families and patients should also know that the attending is aware of the discussion. Transitions of care Transitions are risky for patients. Contact your attending if someone is being discharged, transferred to another service or ICU, or hospital. You need help with the system / hierarchy Despite your best efforts, system difficulties and the hierarchy may hinder care for patients. Attendings can help expedite care through direct attending involvement with consultants, etc. ©Arora, Farnan. 2009

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