Every year thousands of surgical errors occur. Surgical errors are different from bad outcomes, which are the known risks of undergoing a surgical procedure. The document you sign before surgery called a “consent” form, is where the doctor lists these known risks. The consent you give, however, must be “informed;” that is, the doctor must actually explain the risks of the surgery so that you understand them. Surgical errors, on the other hand, are not a risk to which you can possibly consent—no one in their right mind ever consents to doctor error. They are events outside the inherent risks of surgery and are preventable. Learn more in our infographic.
Score from the experts at Killer Infographics
Visual Communication - 85%
Design - 85%
Content/Script - 85%
Usability - 90%
This infographic submission details the various types of surgical errors that occur. This infographic has a somewhat unconventional approach to the title, as it functions as both the headline and the first fact. By giving the text "surgical errors" different treatment, that could also be considered the title as well, which is a clever and effective technique. The icons laid out atop the body also make it very clear that this is about surgery, though the icons could use a bit more detailed illustration. It could be interesting to see how the WSPE figures appear in a single, color-coded pie chart. While the bar graphs certainly work, a pie chart might be more visually engaging. Overall, we give this a B.