‘Sorry, I meant the patient's left side’: impact of distraction on left–right discrimination

  title={‘Sorry, I meant the patient's left side’: impact of distraction on left–right discrimination},
  author={John McKinley and Martin Dempster and Gerard J. Gormley},
  journal={Medical Education},
  pages={427 - 435}
Medical students can have difficulty in distinguishing left from right. Many infamous medical errors have occurred when a procedure has been performed on the wrong side, such as in the removal of the wrong kidney. Clinicians encounter many distractions during their work. There is limited information on how these affect performance. 
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