When the gifted hands make a mistake — Surgical errors and the urgent need to invest in patient safety

I love surgery. I always have. Growing up, I always wanted to be a surgeon. I am not sure if it was the movies or the society that influenced me the most but doctors were treated special, and surgeons especially were treated like superheroes. Patients in their most vulnerable times come to surgeons and entrust their wellbeing. Below the surgeon’s sharp scalpel lies hopes, dreams, feelings, and families of people. When someone successfully performs a life-saving procedure with such a…