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Five Minutes with … Atul Gawande

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 12 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2651

The professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, founder of the Safe Surgery Checklist, and chair of the Lifebox Foundation, talks about the new programme aimed at cutting surgical site infections that currently cause complications in 30% of surgery in low income countries

“Why do some medical innovations spread like wild fire while others are resisted? In 1846, anaesthesia spread to every capital in Europe within weeks of the first public demonstration in a Boston hospital in 1846 that a gas could render patients insensible to pain. But it took decades for antisepsis …

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