After the end of our fourth week of in-field clinical observations, being already five weeks at the clinic, Team Infection has been very busy trying to squeeze all the activities we could in a week (as we always try to do).
Monday started with a meeting with Lena Henning, HR Director of Danderyds Sjukhus. We discussed, along with Team Obstetrics and Sjoerd Hassl, about the roles of HR at the hospital, personnel issues, branding and present & future challenges for Danderyds, as well as for the Swedish healthcare system.
More staff shadowing followed the week: doctors, nurses, assistant nurses, as well as in diverse shifts. Also different type of observation techniques, such as on-site observing. This kind of observation procedure, which requires to stay a long time at the same spot, observes the environment and workflow of the staff, without following an specific professional.
Peter also shadowed through the weekend, bringing to our common knowledge a lot of insights about the tasks and procedures during this period of time, and how a change in the staff present at the ward can change things.
Julien was lucky enough to witness (part of) a fecal microbiota transplant, a procedure in which fecal matter is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline solution, and placed in a patient. The purpose of this procedure is to replace good bacteria that has been killed or suppressed, usually by the use of antibiotics, causing bad bacteria, (specifically Clostridium) to over-populate the colon.
We also allocated a lot of time to work in our need formulations from the observations at the Infectious Diseases Clinic, which are now over 800. It is critical to take time to, not only formulate these needs and quickly validate them, but for also have conversations and discuss them among the team.
With these formulated needs, which we share with our mentors in our weekly lunch meetings, we are getting ready for our next Reference Group Meeting, in which we will decide which needs can be pursued for solving by a student thesis. We are also preparing for our first Business Mentor Meeting, where we will determine the business potential of some of the needs we deem as commercializable.
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José (Team Infection)