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How non-technical skills help surgeons

About 45 percent of adverse medical events involve candidates for surgery, according to a doctor from Moorfields Eye Hospital. Furthermore, up to 66 percent of these events take place in an operating room or other surgical site. However, Pennsylvania surgeons who possess skills that are not technical in nature may have lower odds of making an error.

At a minimum, those who possess traits such as humility will be able to acknowledge their mistakes or state that they don't know why a medical error occurred. Aptitude, ability and ambition are other qualities that good surgeons have. The ability to think critically and engage with other people are also skills that serve a surgeon well. This allows the provider to think through a situation before making any decisions. Finally, a surgeon needs to be able to stay calm under pressure.

The ability to remain calm can make it possible to accurately gauge a situation and avoid a complete disaster. Ideally, surgeons will go about gaining skills in the same way a pilot does. That could mean using simulation tools to practice a procedure before performing it on a patient. This experience may result in fewer errors and better outcomes for patients.

If doctor negligence leads to a medical error, it may be possible for a patient to obtain compensation for the resulting harm. This may help to pay medical bills related to the error as well as lost wages or lost future earnings. Negligence may include leaving an object inside of a person or performing a procedure on the wrong part of the body. An attorney may help obtain evidence of negligence and use it to get an injured victim a favorable outcome.

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