Sorry

I must apologise. 

I’m sorry. 

It was only as I was hanging out my Bunyip Creek Work clothes that I realised. 

You see, I’m well on the way in the writing of my second book, and it’s during moments like this that I habitually reflect on what we have achieved so far. 

And sometimes, so it seems, I find myself daydreaming about arguements I anticipate, at some time, to have to defend my work against. 

And that’s when it hit me. 

The need to apologise. 

Because I’ve unwittingly taken something from you you may not have been prepared to give. 

That thing is no minor thing. 

What I have sadly removed from you by brute force and without your permission is the right to be able to claim noise and distraction as a permissible defence against poor clinical outcomes. 

And it gets worse. 

I’ve made the frightful mistake of removing fatigue as a valid defense as well, simply by talking about high performance team behaviour constructs. 

Actually, the blame for that one really resides with Dawson and Reid, who published on fatigue intoxication back in 1997. 

22 years already?

Fortunately in that time we’ve been able to convince ourselves and the public that fatigue doesn’t apply to doctors and nurses, but I’m afraid I may have spoiled our foil. 

What can I say?

I’m really, really sorry?

Pete!


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