The human factor in cardiac surgery: errors and near misses in a high technology medical domain

Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 Jul;72(1):300-5. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(00)02592-3.


In this review, we discuss human factors research in cardiac surgery and other medical domains. We describe a systems approach to understanding human factors in cardiac surgery and summarize the lessons that have been learned about critical incident and near-miss reporting in other high technology industries that are pertinent to this field.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease* / prevention & control
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intraoperative Complications / etiology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Transposition of Great Vessels / surgery*
  • Treatment Failure*