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How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery

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21 Mar 2013

On Thursday 21 March 2013, BBC Two's Horizon screened a programme exploring how to avoid mistakes in surgery.

In this programme, A&E doctor Kevin Fong finds out how surgeons can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theatre.  He sets out to learn how other professionals make life and death decisions under pressure, from airline pilots facing emergencies, to the Fire Service dealing with lethal blazes, to the world of Formula One pit crews. Kevin discovers how all these fields are helping to make surgery safer.

As part of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Patient Safety Board commitment to improving patient safety standards, RCSEd runs education and training courses which support research into human factors which may prevent or mitigate patient harm.

For further information visit about our Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) courses and resources and other Patient Safety support material, please visit the Patient Safety pages of our website.

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