Dealing with the Most Difficult Situations in Pediatric Surgery
Wisdom in dealing with the most difficult situations in Pediatric Surgery typically develops from long years of clinical practice. It can be acquired by trial and error, or preferably, via thoughtful observation and mentorship of colleagues who have “been there.” There are aspects of pediatric surgical practice, which are quite different from that of adult practice. It is necessary to understand and embrace these differences to develop the proper perspective to achieve clinical success. Beyond that, sound decision making and knowing when to seek the counsel of others will facilitate good outcomes in difficult situations. With the above considerations in mind, the objectives of this chapter are: (1) Understanding and working with the child’s family; (2) How to make sound surgical decisions; (3) How to stay out of trouble and when and who to call for advice.
KeywordsPediatric surgery Seeking advice Transfer Management of complex cases