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New skills for modern-day surgeons

Residents in Arizona might be interested in learning more about the new non-technical skills that surgeons have been advised to adopt. The new handbook authored by researchers associated with the University of Aberdeen underscores the importance of situational awareness, communication in the operating room and effective decision making. According to the authors, these non-technical skills may be critical for savings patients' lives. Poor teamwork, mental errors and other non-technical factors often contribute to the alarming rate of adverse effects realized at U.S. medical facilities.

Approximately 12 percent of all patients suffer some type of adverse effect when they visit a hospital. Nearly 50 percent of such incidents involve a surgical procedure. Adverse effects at a hospital may be described as events involving an avoidable death, preventable infections, prescription errors, wrong-site surgeries and any objects or tools left behind inside the patient. The new guidelines, which originated in the UK, were established to further assist surgeons, scrub practitioners and anesthetists.

The new handbook has recently been made available to surgeons and health practitioners around the world so that they can benefit from the updated guidelines. According to the lead author, the unacceptably high rate of adverse effects in UK and U.S. hospitals is a clear indication that non-technical skills, like leadership, teamwork, situation awareness and decision making, are lacking in operating rooms and costing many patients their lives.

Anyone seriously injured by a medical procedure or surgical error may benefit from consulting a lawyer. Legal counsel may investigate the injuries and determine if anyone at the medical facility can be held liable for damages. If an attorney can prove that the medical professionals' conduct was not on par with the standards established by the industry, the plaintiffs may be entitled to receive restitution to help compensate for corrective procedures, rehabilitation and other related medical costs.

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