While you're getting sliced open, disassembled, and put back together again, the music playing during that chaos is probably the least of your concerns. Although years of training goes into being a surgeon, a human life is always on the line and there’s that looming chance for something to go awry, however slight. That’s why most surgeons listen to music in the operating room, to create a comfortable environment.
To the researchers’ surprise, there were huge variations in operative skill between the practicing surgeons, with the lowest ranked surgeons working at what the reviewers considered a level only slightly better than a trainee at the end of residency, and the highest-ranking surgeons working like “masters” in their field.
It’s a magical time for me, contrasting dramatically with my world as CEO. For several hours each day, my focus is not on millions of Kaiser Permanente members—or, for that matter, on all the complexities of healthcare policy, politics and strategy—but, rather, on a single patient at a time.
#### Which surgeon you get matters — a lot. But how do we know who the good ones are?
While research has shown that most errors and complications are rooted in multiple factors, only one — fatigue stemming from work performed at night — has inspired the kind of widespread debate that results in policy changes. But one specialty has held out. Transplant surgeons continue to work at all hours, the timing of their operations determined by the time of death of the donor and the viability of the organs to be transplanted.
The way surgeons have been allowed to treat patients and train future surgeons is in jeopardy.
No one disagrees that sleep deprivation hurts physicians’ performance. The question is what to do about it.
Before a drug can be marketed, it has to go through rigorous testing to show it is safe and effective. Surgery, though, is different. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate surgical procedures. So what happens when an operation is subjected to and fails the ultimate test — a clinical trial in which patients are randomly assigned to have it or not? The expectation is that medical practice will change if an operation turns out not to help. If only.
Realization and validation of our ideas require technical capacity, and the greatest satisfaction results from a solution properly conceived and executed. There is no feeling like it: doing without thinking and its converse are equally sterile.
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