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Correspondence  |   May 2017
You Have a Plan B. Should You Have a Plan C?
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  • Tufts University School of Medicine, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Center for Medical Simulation, Boston, Massachusetts. fredgdavis@comcast.net
  • (Accepted for publication January 27, 2017.)
    (Accepted for publication January 27, 2017.)×
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   May 2017
You Have a Plan B. Should You Have a Plan C?
Anesthesiology 5 2017, Vol.126, 988. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001593
Anesthesiology 5 2017, Vol.126, 988. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001593
To the Editor:
I read with interest the article by Ozawa1  regarding his sailing adventure. Ozawa compares the unexpected event during a sail to what can occur while administering anesthesia. This sailing metaphor is a perfect opportunity to put in a plug for the value of using cognitive aids in unexpected critical events. Cog aids won’t teach what you don’t already know, but may remind you to apply it.
Run Aground

When you’re sailing along, and the wind goes away,

And your motor won’t start when you crank ‘er

And the current is pushing you right for the rocks

THAT’s when to lower your anchor!

Competing Interests
The author declares no competing interests.
Fred G. Davis, M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Center for Medical Simulation, Boston, Massachusetts. fredgdavis@comcast.net
Reference
Reference
Ozawa, ET . Run aground. Anesthesiology 2016; 125:414–6 [Article] [PubMed]