A surgeon in seven hours
Fancy performing a laparoscopic operation on a patient after just seven hours of training? A team of researchers in Denmark have assessed 24 junior obstetrics and gynaecology registrars who were using virtual reality training. None of them had any previous experience of laparoscopic surgery. After the training they performed their first laparoscopic operation on a real patient. On average the juniors performed at the same level as someone who had completed 20-50 laparoscopic procedures. Read the editorial, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1001, for more and watch the video.
Unintended injuries caused by healthcare management (otherwise known as adverse events) account for about 17% of hospital admissions in some countries, according to the latest research. The real figure is likely to be higher. Medical error is most common in surgery: wrong patient, wrong procedure, wrong side. The second most error prone area relates to drugs.
A shocking 10% of adverse events in hospitals lead to