Sometimes you just have to stop and take your brain out.

Recently I had a Tuesday 4am wakeup to get the 7am flight to Edinburgh. All the way there I was thinking about a series of articles for which I had missed a deadline the day before. When in Edinburgh I stay with Jon and Lisa, my brother and sister-in-law, dermatologists both, Tuesday is a home day for them, Jon for reading and writing (he’s an academic), Lisa has a 4 day a week NHS contract and chooses not to get involved in private practice.

They go to the gym on Tuesday so I joined in and used the swimming pool for an hour.

I sat on my own tried to write again, no joy.

Watched a couple of movies in the evening and relaxed. Funny how much easier it can be in other people’s homes.

Had an early night, got up at 5.30am. Opened laptop, the words flowed, job done.

Sometimes you just have to stop and take your brain out  – but it’s knowing when to do it that matters.

The Monday Morning Quote #504

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

—Albert Einstein

The Monday Morning Quote #503

 

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it.”

Stephen R. Covey

 

Quote of the day

“George Harrison once said to me, ‘If we’d known we were going to be the Beatles, we would have tried harder,’ ” (Eric) Idle writes. “I think the same could be said of Monty Python.”

Mixed surgical teams lead to less medical error..

From The Economist

Diverse surgical leadership promotes co-operation and decreases conflict

SURGEONS are people, and people are animals, and animals often fight. Which is why Frans de Waal, an expert on animal behaviour, has turned his attention to the operating theatre to see if the methods he honed studying chimpanzees might be used to improve surgical practice.

Dr de Waal—and, more particularly Laura Jones, his colleague at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, who did the actual field work—used those methods to construct ethograms of surgical teams. An ethogram is a list of all the types of behaviour that occur within a group of animals. To draw up these lists Dr Jones observed interactions between 400 doctors, nurses and technicians during 200 operations. She logged all the non-technical communications she spotted, and classified them as “co-operative” (likely to lead to better surgical outcomes), “conflictive” (potentially jeopardising patient safety) or neutral.

Full article HERE you’ll probably need to log in.

I continue to be surprised by the relative inefficiency of dental practices – whilst a surgery isn’t a full theatre, the need for teamwork, support and cooperation are the same. Often it’s a result of poor training (of dentists as much as nurses) or an acceptance of lower standards.

It’s all examined in the Practice Business Health Check

The Monday Morning Quote #502

“Everything that is not forbidden by laws of nature is achievable given the right knowledge”

David Deutsch, quoted in “Enlightenment Now

A Builder’s Lesson.

How shall I a habit break?
As you did that habit make.
As you gathered, you must lose;
As you yielded, now refuse.
Thread by thread the strands we twist
Till they bind us, neck and wrist.
Thread by thread the patient hand
Must untwine, ere free we stand.
As we builded, stone by stone,
We must toil, unhelped, alone,
Till the wall is overthrown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Boyle_OReilly

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