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Qual Saf Health Care 15:384 doi:10.1136/qshc.2006.020214
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Situational awareness in medicine

  1. H Singh,
  2. L A Petersen,
  3. E J Thomas
  1. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 H Singh
 2002 Holcombe Blvd VAMC 152 Houston, TX 77030, USA; hardeeps{at}bcm.tmc.edu

    We thank Dr McCarthy for his thoughtful insights on the application of situational awareness in medicine. We agree that doctors begin with a limited amount of situational awareness and often fail to maximise their situational awareness using a team approach. Owing to the increasing complexity and acuity of care in the outpatient setting, the risk …

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