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Michael Leonard, MD; March 2005
Surgeons cancel revascularization surgery on an elderly man so that he can first undergo cardiac catheterization. The next morning, the patient is taken to the OR anyway and given general anesthesia.
Journal Article > Commentary
Karl RC. Bull Am Coll Surg. April 2007;92:16-22.
The author uses examples from his experience as a pilot to discuss aviation safety strategies, such as crew resource management, that can be applied to improve safety in surgery.
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Gagliardi AR, Eskicioglu C, McKenzie M, Fenech D, Nathens A, McLeod R. Am J Infect Control. 2009;37:398-402.
This study conducted interviews with surgical division heads and managers of quality improvement and infection control at seven hospitals to highlight thematic strategies for preventing surgical site infections. The authors advocate for a combination of educational initiatives, performance data, explicit accountabilities that trigger action, and engaged champions to succeed in the team-oriented effort.