Journal Article

Use of error management theory to quantify and characterize residents' error recovery strategies.

Pugh CM, Law KE, Cohen ER, et al. American journal of surgery. 2019.

Using a human factors engineering framework, this study reviewed video of residents performing a simulated hernia repair to identify and characterize errors, error detection and error recovery. The twenty participating residents made 314 errors; the majority were technical errors (63%) and commission errors (69%; defined as failure to perform a surgical step correctly). Nearly half of all errors went undetected by the residents during the procedure, but when errors were detected, the majority were able to be resolved.