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Decades ago, just before operating I used to recite a silent, non-religious prayer that it would go well. In the hustle and bustle of ward rounds and preparation this was a personal, solitary moment of calm. I was delighted when a "team brief" was made mandatory, involving sharing details and preparing contingency plans with a supportive team. We all need a last minute prompt, especially when we're distracted or have tunnel vision.doi:10.1136/bmj.p279 pmid:36758977 fatcat:j4z4qlgvvzdh3gxzr3bqnh5rb4