No simple fix for fixation errors

Evie Fioratou, Rhona Flin, Ronnie Glavin

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Abstract

Fixation errors occur when the practitioner concentrates solely upon a single aspect of a case to the detriment of other more relevant aspects. These are well recognised in anaesthetic practice and can contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality. Improvement in patient safety may be assisted by development and application of countermeasures to fixation errors. Cognitive psychologists use 'insight problems' in a laboratory setting, both to induce fixation and to explore strategies to escape from fixation. We present some results from a series of experiments on one such insight problem and consider applications that may have relevance to anaesthetic practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-69
JournalAnaesthesia
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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No simple fix for fixation errors. / Fioratou, Evie; Flin, Rhona; Glavin, Ronnie.

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