"Medical Volunteer Assignments in the Developing World. "Peaceful Patriot of the Planet""
Oxford, MD, United Kingdom
Speaks: English, French, Spanish
Joined Oct 12, 2005
Patient Safety / Medical Integrity,
NGO / Humanitarian Causes,
EMS / Disaster Relief,
Volunteer Rescue Squads,
Volunteer blood & organ donation,
World Health Issues,
Universal Health Care,
Freedom and Freedom of Speach
Skiing - Alpine,
Boating - sailing,
Design & Innovation
POSITIVE STRATEGIES FOR MEETING VITAL PATIENT SAFETY GOALS IN 2008
Hi Care2 Activists,
I hope that we can make 2008 the year for a really radical political change that will, at last, bring affordable Universal Healthcare to everyone in America and a far less myopic atitude on US overseas policy with a bold new administration. We urgently need to accomplish Justice via Peaceful Protest, and most importantly, enact sweeping regulatory changes by introducing new safeguards to protect high quality Safe Patient Care. While I have been far less active on Care 2 recently, I certainly haven’t been idle. I created two Blog Sites at WordPress in 2007, the first was for TRANSPARENCY for EQUAL ACCOUNTABILITY in MEDICINE, and the second targets my passion for Humanitarian Relief: NGZer0. WATCH THIS SPACE: I am now working hard to set up a new British focused Blog Site and another Political Commentary Blog Site for launch in early 2008 - Please Visit the MedTEAM Link at:
On this WordPress Healthcare Blog Site, a vital Patient Safety Campaign was launched in 2007 to end the “Nursing Exodus” by targeting the important issue of Deliberate Negligent Understaffing of all our US Medical facilities: the C.U.T! Campaign to CONTROL UNDERSTAFFING TODAY. WATCH THIS SPACE: I am gathering serious momentum to launch a new Healthcare - Patient Safety Petition to demand action on all of the C.U.T! Campaign Goals as listed in the pannel further down this page; However, your input is greatly appreciated on this vital project. The original Blogspot for TRANSPARENCY for EQUAL ACCOUNTABILITY in MEDICINE is still up, recently revamped, and you can visit via this Link:
I tried to create a real “Take Action” Blog Site, with numerous Links to various Petitions, Campaigns, Advocacy Groups and Wiki Sites. This Blog Site will cover a whole range of issues with a strong emphasis on addressing the problems in Healthcare to restore transparency, honesty, trust and accountability to Medicine. Both of the TEAM Blog Sites focus primarily on the lessons learned about how we can improve Patient Safety and deliver universal quality care via genuine transparency; these conclusions were drawn from my personal battle for justice as a Whistleblower. Both the current Blogs will also expand to cover wider global issues like the link between poverty and disease and the need for Universal Healthcare. WATCH THIS SPACE: In early 2008 I will be launching my dedicated British Blog Site focusing on British issues and another more general Political Commentary Blog Site. These pages may be of special interest to you right now:
A page that focuses on the current state of Disaster Preparedness in the US:
C.U.T! Campaign to CONTROL UNDERSTAFFING TODAY for Patient Safety listing the C.U.T1 Campaign Goals:
The "Kaleidoscope of Innovative Momentum” a creative concept for employee collaboration in Healthcare decision making:
To read about British NHS issues on my MedTEAM Blog, review my post on the closure of A&E Departments throughout the UK, by taking a look at "The Golden Hour in Transit:"
http://medteam.wordpress.com/category/a-e-nhs-restructuring/ and to read about those pesky Hospital Superbugs, go to "Mind the Dif" at: http://medteam.wordpress.com/category/hospital-superbugs/
Also Visit the KiM-TEAM Wiki Space to learn more about the Kaleidoscope of Innovative Momentum:
Another Wiki site where I refer to the Kaleidoscope of Innovative Momentum is here at Social Text:
The powerful collaborative energy of Wiki offers an innovative modern alternative to problem solving, so I would strongly recommend exploring the exciting potential offered by this movement: CHECK IT OUT! You can also pose all types of questions and read my contributions in the area of Healthcare at Wiki Answers:
An alternative concept for a new type of additional Insurance coverage for the Medical Risk of a bad outcome to treatment:
A Compliance Accountability list of recommendations for safe oversight and guaranteed retaliatory protection for Whistleblowers:
A lighthearted, but slightly cynical, selection of Songs for exploited Medical Staff:
There is a page on the Deadly Euphemisms in Healthcare:
I felt it was appropriate to provide more details of my personal background under TEAM CAPTAIN:
W.H.E.N? WHISTLEBLOWERS in HEALTHCARE EXPOSE NEGLIGENCE, the "WHEN" Campaign demonstrates how frighteningly easy it is to remove an outspoken employee:
The page on Keeping Surgery Safe relates to dangers uncovered by actual experiences in the OR:
This page deals with the Media Responsibility to report a significant potential hazard to the public before people are seriously harmed: http://medteam.wordpress.com/media-responsibility/
I will be interested to see which of these subjects generates the most interest from people at Care 2. Besides the presentation page for TEAM CAPTAIN on the TRANSPARENCY for EQUAL ACCOUNTABILITY in MEDICINE Blog, I have now posted my complete personal CV/Online Resume accesible Ivia Linkedin:
I have also crated a third Blog Site to publicize my passion for Humanitarian Aid, it is called NGZer0:
This recently created NGZer0 WordPress site is so new that there is not much material posted yet: "Watch this Space." I encourage you to visit and leave your comments, as I am always grateful for creative input. I will be working steadily to build on unconventional strategies advocating for zero waste in global Humanitarian relief. Drawing on my personal experiences working as a Medical Volunteer after the Asian tsunami, without all the trappings of a major foreign NGO, I reached the conclusion that there was significant unnecessary waste of precious donated resources.
After working primarily with dedicated, but seriously under-funded, local Volunteers in Aceh Province in Indonesia I learned to respect their self-sufficient, minimalist ethos that demanded few creature comforts while concentrating all available resources on delivering tangible results for disaster victims. Among the major NGOs I saw far too much foreign aid money squandered on accommodating highly qualified Managers and Consultants who expected the comfort of AC not the hardship of a tent! In reality, with the advanced communication technology available to us today with systems like Skipe, such personnel could accomplish a lot more by not entering a disaster area.
I honestly believe that what is needed on the ground is a far more practical approach, with admin, consultancy and paperwork removed from disaster locations. I do see a role for well prepared, realistic, well motivated Volunteers like Medical staff, engineers, teachers, etc., to provide stronger practical participation in relief and regeneration projects. However, we must learn to be less dictatorial and more cooperative in providing our support while showing greater respect for the remarkable capabilities of local organizations in developing countries.
NGZer0 is still more of a concept than an organization because I do not have the organizational part in place yet or even the right people to head that up. Since it does not have charity status the financial backing isn’t there yet either and there is still a long way to go. I encourage you to visit this innovative Humanitarian aid Blog to discover the potential for more effective use of donated money with creative ideas for reducing unnecessary waste. Please give me your thoughts on this subject as I greatly appreciate your input.
I would also urge you all to visit the new T.E.A.M. Blog Site and please continue to offer your thoughts and valuable input. I have carefully read through and included the issues raised by those who signed my Whistleblower Petition and left comments. It was only via all of your insightful comments on this earlier Petition that I was able to identify the most serious problem areas from both the Patient’s and the Medical staff perspective. I sincerely hope that the goals of the C.U.T! Campaign to CONTROL UNDERSTAFFING TODAY will finally address all of these problems in a creative and fully transparent way.
So once again a Heartfelt Thank You to each and every one of you for taking the time to Sign and also Forward my first crucial Patient Safety Advocate’s Whistleblower Petition at:
THANKS TO ALL YOUR HELP WE HAVE
REACHED ANOTHER MILESTONE OF SUCCESS:
WE JUST RECENTLY EXCEEDED THE 3000 SIGNATURE GOAL!
This Important Patient Safety Petition is currently Listed at the Top of the "Hottest Petitions" List on the Care 2 Home Page.
It is also the Top "Activist Petition" on the Home Page list,
Tops the List of "Hottest Petitions" under Health and
is now the Top "Activist Petition" under Health.
MORE THAN 3240 SIGNED THIS PETITION
OUR ULTIMATE SIGNATURE GOAL WAS 3000!
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
I am still very actively seeking additional comments from courageous Patient Safety Advocates, all of our Hospital Staff, Medical Professionals and especially the Nurses, for inclusion on this really vital Patient Safety Petition that highlights the critical need for much stronger universal Whistleblower protections for US Healthcare workers.
Just recently I noticed a comment from a current Johns Hopkins employee and I was encouraged that word is starting to filter through to their staff. The Petition can be signed anonymously and I would strongly advocate this option for anyone who might have concerns over job security. Your signature and your comments are just as valid signing in this way; please speak your mind, but do not risk retaliation as it accomplishes nothing.
You are very welcome to continue signing the Petition, and keep forwarding this Link on to all of the Care2 Friends in your Network, as the Petition remains open due to a recent surge in interest and additional signatures. The final push has now significantly exceeded our original 3000 Signature goal!
I urge you to visit our MedTEAM Blog where you will find a list containing Links to numerous other Healthcare related Petitions in need of your support listed under the heading: "SIGN A PETITION ONLINE." There is also a list of Links under the heading: "CAMPAIGNS FOR ACTION" and numerous Links to Patient Advocacy Websites to facilitate further involvement in the Campaign to create Safer, affordable, High Quality, Patient Care.
Please do not hesitate to contact my with your questions, comments or to request a “Friends” Link connection as I would really appreciate having a lot more of you on-board,
Thank you, for your critically needed support,
Kim L. Sanders-Fisher.
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||I am passionate about justice, tolerance, the universal delivery of decent health care worldwide and the many causes that I support. For me "Universal Healthcare" is everyone on earth, rich and poor alike. I am well traveled and extremely dedicated to my chosen field as a Humanitarian aid worker and Medical Volunteer. Despite being exceptionally well prepared with personal equipment, usable medical skills, and being ready at a moments notice to devote my time for no pay, this is not as easy as it might seem. Last year I spent six months in Aceh, Indonesia where I was seconded to Cut Nyak Dhien Hospital in Meulaboh volunteering my services in Surgery. I did not mind subsisting on basic rations and spending most of my time there living in a tent as I do not believe in squandering donated funding on pandering to the, all too often unrealistic, demands of many aid workers. I have developed a proposal for an emergency preparedness plan that is desperately needed in Meulaboh. However, I had little logistical backup when I was there and needed a stronger mandate to implement my plan. If I go back out I must get myself there at my own expense, but mandate is still more important than money. Certain injustices from the past still prevent me from joining well established NGOs that might fund my efforts or at least cover my airfare and provide the mandate I seek.
Earlier this year I posted my Petition about this past injustice perpetrated by my former employer, Johns Hopkins Hospital. However, the fight is not yet won as they have not agreed to investigate my case and their past defamation still stands in the way of my efforts to dedicate the rest of my life to third world medical care. I want to clear my name and reputation and would request that anyone reading this seriously consider signing my petition regarding blowing the whistle on deliberate negligent understaffing and the refusal of Hopkins Hospital Compliance Line to offer retaliatory protection as was their appropriate "compliance" commitment obligation to Hospital employees and the general public. The Petition will not require any endorsement of my personal battle, but will only demand a thorough investigation into my case in accordance with the Johns Hopkins Compliance Line's own stated mandate of protection as posted on their web site. It was posted some time ago and has gained well over 2500 signatures so far. It was very alarming for me to find that I was not alone in demanding the attention of Johns Hopkins. There was already one other Petition on the Petition Site plus a second harmed patient speaking out on another site and another Whistleblower, former employee Troy Madsen MD, who had complained about unsafe continuous hours of practice in violation of compulsory national standards. There are links to all of the above cases within my Petition text. The common thread is Johns Hopkins belief that they are beyond the regulations that all others must abide by. This from a Hospital winning accolades for their "error reduction" initiatives, as they lecture the entire Medical establishment on the need for "honesty, transparency and accountability" is just flagrant hypocrisy! Hopkins is in a commanding position to make a significant contribution to national regulatory improvements in Healthcare. We must demand that they use their undeniable influence for the public good not to establish personal immunity from scrutiny.
It is with great sadness that I have finally chosen to take this more public route in dealing with Johns Hopkins misguided retaliatory actions and unjust abandonment of my case. Please understand that I bear absolutely no ill will towards the many dedicated medical practitioners that I worked alongside during my five year tenure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I sincerely regret that it has become necessary to take this course of action after my repeated attempts to obtain justice and accountability through all of the appropriate channels failed to correct negligent practices or prevent the deliberate sabotage of my career. I lost everything I had in the US including my historic six bedroom home! As I travel to remote and dangerous places as a Humanitarian Volunteer I will never have the security of a credit card to buy an emergency ticket home again. Although there is no possibility of compensation now, if I can simply clear my good name and reestablish my reputation, I will be able to put some of this damage behind me. I am trying to contact any of my old friends or former coworkers from my past who might help. Even if you do not know me you can help by contacting me and by supporting my Petition now that it is posted.
||Introduce yourself to Kim
Tolerance is paramount,
Keep it Healthy
|Wild Fact About Me
||I am a Bold Adveturer, an Adrenaline Junkie; I'm also a crazy Inventor and a creative writer working on one novel as well as a book about the lessons learned from my retaliation case.
||A Healthy Body & Mind on a Healthy, Peaceful, Planet.
|What Gives Me Hope
||Hard to maintain hope while there is so much suffering & injustice right now. The ousting and prosecution of rabid neo-con war mongers in the US for their crimes against humanity!
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||Fostering ethnic harmony to create more compassion about the people in other nations who need help; we must all become: Peaceful Patriots of the Planet.
|What/who changed my life and why
||My first stint as Medical Volunteer after Hurricane Andrew. Sailing in the Whitbread Round the World Race.
|What Bugs Me
Corporate Profiteering - Coruption
Universal Healthcare Worldwide
Great Humanitarians - Innovators
|What Scares Me
George W. Bush-and his stupidity
Nelson Mandela & Sailors to numerous to
||“Everything is Logic & Logic is Everything! Kim; “Success is my best revenge;” "Fight bigotry with excellence," Oprah Winfrey.
Medicine / Health Care,
Innovation & Design,
Adventure Travel & Sailing
The Constant Gardener,
Out of Africa,
The Man who would be King
Science & Innovation
trying local delicacies,
Heart of Palm,
Rio De Janiero (Brasil)
|Can't Live Without
A Sense of Purpose,
My Self Respect,
Ongoing Learning Experiences,
||Introduce yourself to Kim