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

Atul Gawande
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part I - Nine Thousand Surgeons.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How large was the fourth patient that Gawande had to insert a central line?
(a) Over 300 pounds.
(b) About 250 pounds.
(c) About 380 pounds.
(d) About 195 pounds.

2. Who first proposed that a computer could read an EKG better than a human could?
(a) Lars Edenbrandt.
(b) David Angston.
(c) William Baxt.
(d) Michael Bartholomew.

3. What book did British psychologist James Reason write about errors?
(a) Human Error.
(b) Errors and Medicine.
(c) No Room for Error.
(d) Fatal System Error.

4. What country bans surgeons from practicing on animals?
(a) Britain.
(b) Canada.
(c) New Zealand.
(d) Australia.

5. When installing a central line, how long is the wire that is inserted into the vein toward the vena cava ?
(a) 12 inches long.
(b) 15 inches long.
(c) 2 feet long.
(d) 3 feet long.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Gawande grow up?

2. What time of day was it when Gawande had to leave the procedure on a teenage knifing victim?

3. What type of a local anesthetic did the chief resident use when she put in a central line?

4. What was wrong with the woman who Gawande saw in the emergency room on his first day as a surgical resident?

5. How late were clinical sessions lined up until at the surgeons convention?

(see the answer key)

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