Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Atul Gawande
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part I - The Computer and the Hernia Factor.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many central lines did Gawande try before succeeding on his own?
(a) 3.
(b) 6.
(c) 8.
(d) 1.

2. What type of a local anesthetic did the chief resident use when she put in a central line?
(a) Saxitoxin.
(b) Benzocaine.
(c) Triocaine.
(d) Lidocaine.

3. When was it first suggested that a computer could read an EKG better than a human could?
(a) 1991.
(b) 1990.
(c) 1987.
(d) 1984.

4. When did a man examine a stack of electrocardiograms to test his diagnostic skills against a computer?
(a) 1990.
(b) 1992.
(c) 1994.
(d) 1996.

5. What type of surgery had the patient who needed a central line had a week earlier?
(a) Heart surgery.
(b) Abdominal surgery.
(c) Hernia surgery.
(d) Removal of his appendix.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who examined a stack of electrocardiograms to test his diagnostic skills against the computer?

2. How long might it take in most hospitals to repair a hernia?

3. How old was the woman that Gawande saw in the emergency room his first day as a surgical resident?

4. What color of blood indicates that the central line is inserted properly?

5. When installing a central line, how long is the wire that is inserted into the vein toward the vena cava ?

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