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Morbidity, mortality,... and innovation: Turning complications into patents

  • Ellen M. Encisco
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    Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Department of Pediatric Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH, USA
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  • Rodrigo G. Gerardo
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    Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
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  • Todd A. Ponsky
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, 3333 Burnet Avenue, ML 2023, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA.
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    Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Department of Pediatric Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH, USA
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Published:December 27, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2022.12.028
      We would like to share our method for introducing innovation into pediatric surgeons’ routines. We believe it is vital to involve clinicians in innovation processes to grow the innovative mindset, and we have found the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” to be true as many innovations come on the heels of problems. In our quest to expand the culture of innovation, we went where the worst surgical problems are discussed – the weekly Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) conference – transforming an at times intimidating conference into a more exciting discussion. We call our new format “Morbidity, Mortality, and Innovation” (MM&I), and through it we aim to simultaneously encourage a culture of innovation and produce innovative solutions in an abbreviated timeframe.

      Abbreviations:

      M&M (Morbidity & Mortality), MM&I (Morbidity, Mortality, and Innovation), RSI (Rapid Sequence Innovation), SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking)
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