Medical students were more likely to mix up a patient's left versus right side when subjected to cognitive distractions.Med Educ. 2015;49:427-435.
'Sorry, I meant the patient's left side': impact of distraction on left-right discrimination.
McKinley J, Dempster M, Gormley GJ. Med Educ. 2015;49:427-435.
Wrong-side procedures still occur at alarming rates, particularly outside of the operating room. This study exposed medical students to various types of distractions and measured their ability to distinguish a person's left from right side from different perspectives. Cognitive distractions had a bigger negative impact than ambient ward noise on the students' performance.
SPECIAL OR THEME ISSUE
Diagnostic Error in Medicine.
Singh H, ed. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013;22(suppl 2):ii1-ii72.
Organisational reporting and learning systems: innovating inside and outside of the box.
Sujan M, Furniss D. Clin Risk. Feb 27, 2015; [Epub ahead of print].
Assessment of the potential impact of a reminder system on the reduction of diagnostic errors: a quasi-experimental study.
Ramnarayan P, Roberts GC, Coren M, et al. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2006;6:22.
COMMENTARYView all related resources...
Establishing a culture for patient safety - the role of education.
Milligan FJ. Nurse Educ Today. 2007;27:95-102.