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

Atul Gawande
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part I - When Good Doctors Go Bad.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the woman's alcohol level that Gawande had to attend to on a crisp winter Friday?
(a) Just under the legal limit.
(b) 3 times the legal limit.
(c) A little over the legal limit.
(d) About twice the legal limit.

3. Who was the gynecologist from Ohio who subjected hundreds of women when they had been anesthetized for other procedures to bizarre disfiguring procedures that he called the Surgery of Love?
(a) Charles Neeley.
(b) David Zaner.
(c) James Burt.
(d) Branson Smith.

4. How do patients leave the operating room at Shouldice after having surgery?
(a) They are taken on a gurney.
(b) They leave in a wheelchair.
(c) They walk out of the room.
(d) They use a walker.

5. How old was the patient who needed a central line?
(a) Fiftyish.
(b) In his forties.
(c) In his thirties.
(d) In his sixties.

Short Answer Questions

1. What percent of patients with heart attacks who are seen in emergency rooms are mistakenly discharged?

2. How long did it take a man to examine a stack of electrocardiograms to test his diagnostic skills against a computer?

3. How many might attend an M&M at Gawande's hospital?

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

5. What book did British psychologist James Reason write about errors?

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