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Operating room safety: 10 point plan to safe flinging

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7363 (Published 17 December 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7363

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  1. Richard L Hutchison, hand surgeon1,
  2. Maureen A Hirthler, emergency medicine physician2
  1. 1Children’s Mercy Hospitals, Orthopaedic Surgery, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
  2. 2University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA

Working in a hospital operating room is stressful, and stress can lead to adverse events.1 Several factors contribute to a surgeon’s stress, especially equipment malfunction.2 The traditional way for surgeons to deal with flawed surgical instruments is to fling them across the operating suite. This action is expedient, acts to alleviate …

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