Key for Better Surgery Results, Lesser Deaths and Complications

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Surgery is indeed one of the oldest medical practices known to man, yet it is still one of the most effective treatment regimens especially to serious cases. Conditions like tumor or cyst extraction, repair of ulcerations, intussusceptions and other cases needing invasive and direct manipulation are where surgery is mostly needed. Not only that, surgery is also done to diagnose certain unknown phenomenon in the body that helps in the disease condition as well.

However, risks involved are truly no joke.  One foot of the patient undergoing certain surgery, most especially major operations, is in the brink of death and grave. Though there are few cases wherein patient dies in the operating table, it is still a fact and an event to alarm medical teams to prevent and do something towards it. Sad to say, complications of operations can happen anytime that can also cause mortality.

PhD student Sindre Høyland proposed some ways to reduce the number of serious complications that surgery may bring. “Large numbers and large variations in the numbers indicate that improvements are possible,” says Høyland at the University of Stavanger (UiS).  Høyland and the rest of investigating team conducted certain observations at Norwegian hospitals.

Being optimist rather than pessimist, he focused on the things already working to contribute to better operation results and prevents complication than on the wrong acts or things that can be noticed. They observed certain hospitals and evaluated the witnessed major operations, as well as operating and surgery structures, equipments and medical team to be a “robust” one.

As to the operating equipments and surgery rooms, they have noticed that it all can adjust to certain unexpected situations because of the availability of extra rooms and equipments ready for use anytime. Also, the surgical team, compose of surgeon, nurse and physician, are acquainted enough with both their responsibility and each other as well. The interaction and team work of the said personnels are undeniably highly needed and important in operations. Høyland pertains to these characteristic of the operating structures, equipment and team as being “flexible”.

In addition to those, he also commented that during delays and interruptions, the surgical team handles the situation in a very efficient and safely manners. In cases of traffic inside the operating room, delay of equipments or change in patient’s order, the team still remains compose. Their implicit knowledge and skills are highly recognized, hoping that all surgical teams in the world have these same qualities

“The system strengths described represent the glue that holds the operations together. So even though surgical procedures are affected by ‘unfortunate’ system conditions, such as delays and disruptions, these are compensated for by the favourable team aspects.” he noted.





  1. You certainly have some agreeable opinions and views. provides a fresh look at the subject.

  2. This is a great article but the following of certain protocols is also a great help to surgical teams, from what I’ve read. Communication also plays a big role, it can definitely make the difference between life and death.

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