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Understanding diagnostic errors in medicine: a lesson from aviation
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    • Hardeep Singh
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      • Laura A. Petersen, Eric J. Thomas

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr. McCarthy for his thoughtful insights on the application of situational awareness (SA) in medicine. We agree that physicians begin with a limited amount of SA and often fail to maximize their SA using a team approach. Because of the increasing complexity and acuity of care in the outpatient setting, the risk of outpatient medical errors has increased during the past several years.[1] Thus, t...

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    Situational Awareness in medicine

    Dear Editor,

    As a retired USAF pilot-physician, I commend Singh et al. for their excellent use of aviation Situational Awareness as an analysis tool. I wish only to add a subtle dimension to their illustration of situational awareness: "LSA" - loss of situational awareness – began as a universally recognized NATO acronym. But…one can not lose what one never had. SA in military and air carrier aviation universally b...

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