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.
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!
The author declares no competing interests.