Daniel K. Sokol

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The phrase "duty of care" is, at best, too vague and, at worst, ethically dangerous. The nature and scope of the duty need to be determined, and conflicting duties must be recognized and acknowledged. Duty of care is neither fixed nor absolute but heavily dependent on context. The normal risk level of the working environment, the healthcare worker's(More)
Cunningham and Kavic [1] rightly note that standard accounts of surgical complications—ours included—have focused on postoperative events [2, 3]. As they point out, this postoperative focus leaves open the question of how we should categorize adverse intraoperative events. They argue that we should distinguish between two types of adverse intraoperative(More)
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Whatever the place or period, surgical complications have been an inevitable part of surgical practice. It is not surprising , then, that studies on various aspects of surgical complications are plentiful. A PubMed search returned nearly 800 articles with the phrase ''surgical complication'' and its plural form in the title. However, despite the importance(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the consultation activities of clinical ethics committees (CECs) in the UK and the views of CEC chairpersons regarding such activities. METHODS An anonymous, password-protected online questionnaire was sent by e-mail to 70 CEC chairpersons. The questionnaire contained 14 items. RESULTS Of the 70 CECs contacted, 30 responded (a(More)
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