Wrestling with Risk at SMACC 2013 St.Emlyn’s


Thanks so much to Chris, Oli and Roger for helping me put together this presentation from SMACC 2013 on wrestling with risk.

If you’re an ED doc then the summary is….

  1. You don’t make diagnoses
  2. You take loads of risks
  3. You usually get lucky
  4. It’s the right thing to do


Slideshare here

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Cite this article as: Simon Carley, "Wrestling with Risk at SMACC 2013 St.Emlyn’s," in St.Emlyn's, September 27, 2013, https://www.stemlynsblog.org/wrestling-risk-2/.

6 thoughts on “Wrestling with Risk at SMACC 2013 St.Emlyn’s”

  1. excellent talk Simon. have also come to the conclusion that we are professional gamblers. I have friends who are journalists and still believe that “misses” always equate to some lazy b not doing their job right and so they need to put the story on the front page “pour encourager les autres”. Goes without saying that we need to have carefully studied the form of the horses we are backing however…

    1. Cheers Tim. I think you are right, although in our case we share the risks with the patient, ourselves and the regulator! What interests me is the difference between the reality of chance in diagnostics and the certainty of mind that many doctors have when they apply a diagnostic label to a patient. This mismatch in the reality and perception of certainty is fascinating and whilst we usually get away with it the certainty element means that we really do struggle to understand why sometimes things ‘appear’ to go wrong.

      Many thanks for the comment.


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