Better, A Surgeons Notes On Performance

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"Better, A Surgeons Notes on Performance" by Dr. Atul Gawande, allows us an insight on his experiences as he explores the breakthroughs in medicine that was accomplished by people striving to improve their performance. There are three components Dr. Gawande believed are essential for a medical professional to encompass; diligence, doing right, and ingenuity. He defines diligence as avoiding errors and overcoming obstacles by paying attention to details. Doing right as a medical professional is to do right for our patient. And ingenuity, recognizing your failures and be willing to change by looking for solutions for better medical care. It is through his experiences as a surgeon that he came to understand the importance of encompassing these components. Dr. Gawande 's demonstration of diligence was expressed from his study of the 19th century Vienna on the importance of hand-washing, the care taken to save the wounded in Afghanistan and the drive to eliminate the Poliovirus in India. The task of washing your hands may seem so tedious to some but Dr. Gawande explained the significance in patient care as a prevention of becoming carriers of bacteria. In 1847, a Viennese obstetrician, Ignac Semmelweis was one of the first to realize that doctors were the ones transmitting Steptococcus to mothers and babies during childbirth. This led to what was called "childbed fever" also known as puerperal fever which was a leading cause for maternal death during childbirth. Dr. Semmelweis

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