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Human Factors in Surgery

June 12, 2008


Fifty years ago, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., opened the doors to modern open heart surgery using the heart-lung machine. Back then you had about a 50-50 chance of making it off the table. Now you can be 98 percent certain that you'll survive. But for today's doctors at Mayo Clinic, that's not good enough. They're using methods developed by the aeronautics industry to make surgery even safer.