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Semantically ambiguous language in the teaching operating room.

Liu C, McKenzie A, Sutkin G. Semantically ambiguous language in the teaching operating room. J Surg Edu. 2021;78(6):1938-1947. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2021.03.020

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December 15, 2021
Liu C, McKenzie A, Sutkin G. J Surg Edu. 2021;78(6):1938-1947.

Communication failures are a common cause of patient harm. This qualitative study found that potentially ambiguous language is common in surgical training settings. In addition to creating challenges for trainee comprehension of surgical instruction, ambiguous language can lead to miscommunications and near misses.