QI | What's The First Question Surgeons Must Ask Themselves?

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This clip is from QI Series O, Episode 8, 'Operations' with Sandi Toksvig, Alan Davies, Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert and Katherine Ryan.



  • Should we have emptied the hospital supply of botox into K.Ryan?

    Grey MouserGrey MouserGün önce
  • This is fun and games but a patient in Ireland had a kidney failing and the surgeon took out the functioning one, by mistake. Consultant left a subordinate do the procedure and left the room, subordinate questioned the consultant and was told "I am the consultant, you take out the kidney I say".

    NorrieRuggerNorrieRugger2 gün önce
  • God that feminazi bitch annoys me. Scary thing is shes not joking about wanting more guys to do that. If you read her rants and shit, shes pure mental.

    Kurtis OxleyKurtis Oxley8 gün önce
  • Before performing a removal surgery: “Am I cut out for this?”

    deadfr0gdeadfr0g10 gün önce
  • So nobody's going to talk about the unsolicited violently toxic remark by the blonde woman

    abhi rabhi r10 gün önce
    • You mean Katherine saying "I wish more men would take this path?" It's a JOKE.

      Zach BrookesZach Brookes9 gün önce
  • I used to like that Canadian until she turned into a feminist bitch

    Liam SweeneyLiam Sweeney11 gün önce
  • In the US the first question is, does the victim have insurance, if not, the general response from the hospital is "let them die."

    Paul PetersonPaul Peterson15 gün önce
  • I was thinking, have you sanitized your hands?

    macsnafumacsnafu19 gün önce
  • I wouldn't trust myself to be a surgeon for 2 minutes without a checklist to be honest.

    Doran MartellDoran MartellAylar önce
  • The biggest question here that is begging for an answer is "Why didn't he just walk down a different street?"!!

    AnnoyingMooseAnnoyingMooseAylar önce

    blueconversechucksblueconversechucksAylar önce
  • Which hand should we cut off?

    Ted ArcherTed ArcherAylar önce
  • The thing is a lot of surgeons who are actually like this

    Arji KeraArji KeraAylar önce
  • Since the medical textbooks show the appendix of a patient you are looking at on one side, and YOUR OWN appendix is on the other side, it's a wonder that a surgeon operating on himself didn't make the incision on the wrong damn side. And supposing he had, and then he sued himself for malpractice, would he be forced to settle with the Plaintiff?

    Topher TheTenthTopher TheTenthAylar önce
  • Explains a lot. Only surgery I had was my shoulder and the anesthesiologist had me say out loud exactly what kind of anesthetics I wanted then used a sharpie to sign the point where the needle would go in. Then the surgeon came and autographed my shoulder that was being operated on.

    Evan GrayEvan GrayAylar önce
  • Canadian here...I go every 4-6 wks to my local hospital for an eye injection and they ask me twice which eye it is for: at check in and again in the treatment room. Constant Vigilance! 👀

    Leslie McCormickLeslie McCormickAylar önce
  • Well please come on, pick something.

    Freaky LeekFreaky LeekAylar önce
  • No one: Women: childbirth is as painful as amputating your leg

    Henryguitar95Henryguitar952 aylar önce
  • "Is this real life?"

    alazrabedalazrabed2 aylar önce
    • No, it's just fantasy. Now don't get caught in a landslide.

      Zach BrookesZach Brookes9 gün önce
  • 2:59 Katherine casually stealing a joke from the crowd?

    Cameron HastieCameron Hastie2 aylar önce
  • I've just had an op. They put a name tag on each of my wrists and went through this check list individually making at least 5 checks. Once the op was over, one of the name tags was removed so they knew the op had been done.

    Cath RobilliardCath Robilliard2 aylar önce
  • I heard that the pain of childbirth is second only to Ryan attempting humour.

    thetumescentthetumescent3 aylar önce
  • Considering there were cases in the UK of people having the wrong surgery, and then having to have the correct surgery.

    LL3 aylar önce
  • On the TV show House, when a doctor character was due for an amputation on his left leg, he wrote NOT THIS ONE! on his right. (...And since he didn't actually want the amputation done, he wrote NOT THIS ONE EITHER! on the other.)

    Kanjoos LahookvinhaakvinhookvinKanjoos Lahookvinhaakvinhookvin3 aylar önce
    • And yes, I remember who the character was... please don't point it out in case people get spoiled!

      Kanjoos LahookvinhaakvinhookvinKanjoos Lahookvinhaakvinhookvin3 aylar önce
  • I used to have to visit patients in the ward before they were medicated, check their understanding of what was to be done (consent having been signed previously) and on what side, mark it with a black marker pen. And that was in the bad old days, loooong before 2008

    Cassie OzCassie Oz3 aylar önce
  • Does anyone else wait until the very end of these videos just to watch Sandy's "please subscribe" bit?

    Tom Jardine-SmithTom Jardine-Smith3 aylar önce
  • That joke about all men should cut their testicles is so funny 🤣😂😂😂😂🤣🤣. Not.....

    TheScienceofnatureTheScienceofnature3 aylar önce
  • They are referring to a book called “The checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande. Checklists were first developed by a group of pilots that were investigating a plane crash. They discovered that the pilot involved was so focused on all the tiny details that he forgot something really basic. And they had the good sense to realise that if it could happen to this extremely experienced pilot, it could also happen to them. So they started writing checklists. They are meant to be simple.

    snakesockssnakesocks3 aylar önce
  • Nailed it!

    Ryan HarrellRyan Harrell4 aylar önce
  • Question towards the end of operation; is the patient still alive

    Chris GreenChris Green4 aylar önce
  • It's the difference between thinking "Did I forget anything? …Nah probably not", and glancing at a list and thinking "Yup did all of those" There's two types of checklists, a READ-DO checklist (where you do the things as you read them) and a DO-CONFIRM checklist (where you're supposed to have already done all the things, and you look at the checklist after just to make sure you didn't forget anything). The Safe Surgery Checklist is the second type. EDIT: Further links: How to use the Safe Surgery Checklist: trvision.net/detail/video-CIFhLUiT8H0.html How NOT to use the Safe Surgery Checklist: trvision.net/detail/video-DOGJMOMHDJk.html Example with a trauma patient: trvision.net/detail/video-tMKmlRKgLGw.html The checklist itself (pdf): apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/44186/9789241598590_eng_Checklist.pdf

    columbus8myhwcolumbus8myhw4 aylar önce
    • Also I'm loving these segues. "One person who had no trouble identifying the patient was this guy who operated on himself"

      columbus8myhwcolumbus8myhw4 aylar önce
  • I'm assuming consent isn't as important when it's a life or death emergency situation

    Tom SmithTom Smith4 aylar önce
    • As a general rule, consent is assumed when the patient is unconscious or unable to give consent for other reasons (eg. child with no guardian) and the need for surgery is urgent. It's still pretty important though- consider patients who are in frequent healthcare and have decided they would rather let complications run their course than undertake more invasive procedures (eg. elderly or very ill). These situations can get quite complex!

      CaitlinCaitlin4 aylar önce
  • Consent...unless it's a baby getting circumcised, then fuck it. :(

    Bamboo AcrobatBamboo Acrobat4 aylar önce
  • "Will their insurance pay for it?"

    kilroy987kilroy9874 aylar önce
    • @Rert 78 Right. I forgot. That thing you guys have there.

      kilroy987kilroy987Aylar önce
    • It is a British program. The question doesn't come up much here.

      Rert 78Rert 78Aylar önce
  • "I wish more women would cut off their breasts."

    ClippyClippy4 aylar önce
  • Gotta look for the Five Signs of Death, to make sure the patient is worth operating on.

    typacsktypacsk5 aylar önce
    • Doesn't matter much. Nobody ever died twice Pretty far down the list

      Î BäbçõćkÎ Bäbçõćk4 aylar önce
  • My guess was, "How high is my blood alcohol level?"

    NLTopsNLTops5 aylar önce
  • "Am I too drunk" or "Am I drunk enough"

    cypresssteve1cypresssteve15 aylar önce
  • This is one of the _most interesting_ QI clips ever.

    D.B.D.B.5 aylar önce
  • And you may ask yourself, "How do I work this?"

    WhiteCamryWhiteCamry5 aylar önce
    • And you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful house!"

      TophieTophie5 aylar önce
    • And you may ask yourself, “Where is that large automobile?”

      nocalstevenocalsteve5 aylar önce
  • I had an operation in Switzerland recently. Prior to anesthesia, I drew an X on myself with a pen whilst the nurses watched and took notes. At the time I remember thinking that this seemed contrary to the perceived stereotype of the efficient and precise Swiss.

    Iain LittleIain Little5 aylar önce
  • I’m sure it’s not just our local hospital but they are writing what to do and which body part to do it. One group of surgeons is even putting no on the other leg or arm so you know which one not to do. Years ago a surgeon near here actually didn’t operate on the wrong body part and messed that one up so the other similar body part that had the pain or problems was also messed up.

    Jim DevilbissJim Devilbiss5 aylar önce
  • There have been stories of surgeons removing the wrong appendage, etc. There are also stories of patients writing on their own body parts-NOT THIS LEG/ARM.

    One MercilessMingOne MercilessMing5 aylar önce
  • I've been told by women who indeed have experienced both that an attack of gallstones hurts about the same as childbirth.

    ChrisCChrisC5 aylar önce
  • Tipper the slipper is the new spike why do they not talk about this?? click on tipper and see for yourself {oh and subscribe}

    Tipper's funny worldTipper's funny world5 aylar önce
  • Questions you don't want to hear the surgeon ask as you slip under: "Can anyone remember where I was last night?" "Is it just me or is this patient's face out of focus?" "Are we removing the appendix or the penis?" "What's the meaning of it all?"

    TheBravesirobinTheBravesirobin5 aylar önce
  • "Am I cut out for this job?"

    John DoeJohn Doe5 aylar önce
  • There should be a QI segment about the amount of people who knew someone who wrote instructions on themselves before a surgery, because according to this comment section there are loads.

    itsDavoBroitsDavoBro5 aylar önce
    • Ha! Yes, gotta love a good urban myth.

      L GL G5 aylar önce
  • Nobody: Absolutely nobody: A woman: Childbirth is the most painful thing imaginable. They say it's like cutting of all your limbs while breaking all your bones, while electrocuting you, while drowning you.

    AleksandarAleksandar5 aylar önce
  • Anyone who's bothered about Katherine Ryan's J O K E about men castrating themselves should spend 24 hours on Grindr. After that, if you can tell me hand on heart that you don't agree, then you have the patience of a saint.

    Tom KenningTom Kenning5 aylar önce
  • Did I charge my Teslas this morning?

    TurreboTurrebo5 aylar önce
    • Can I afford a bigger boat?

      Dan ArnetsDan Arnets4 aylar önce
  • That last lady that wanted men to castrate them selves was kinda weird...

    ManicPandazManicPandaz5 aylar önce
    • @Zach Brookes Strange sense of humour, then!

      Mik DaviesMik Davies2 aylar önce
    • @Zach Brookes Someone joking about cutting of women’s breasts off would be equally weird. Amputation jokes usually aren’t too funny.

      ManicPandazManicPandaz5 aylar önce
    • It's called a joke - you can tell by Katherine's tone of voice she was joking.

      Zach BrookesZach Brookes5 aylar önce
    • @Tom Kenning that's kinda gay

      Liberty PrimeLiberty Prime5 aylar önce
    • Spend 24 hours on grindr and tell me you don't agree

      Tom KenningTom Kenning5 aylar önce
  • hah, makes sense, but I would have gone with, have I washed my hands?

    GoatchaGoatcha5 aylar önce
  • No Stephen Fry? Not interested.

    ophelloophello5 aylar önce
    • Good for you?

      Cory ZilligenCory Zilligen5 aylar önce
  • "What's The First Question Surgeons Must Ask Themselves?" "Am I drunk?"

    j4d3 goatj4d3 goat5 aylar önce
  • I'm so glad there aren't that many woman that want to go round castrating men as this panelists....at least I hope there aren't. 0_0

    wibblesnotwibblesnot5 aylar önce
  • Well...I mean, there's a reason the joke of writing "Cut this one off!" on the correct limb is a long running joke that people actually do. Malcolm in the Middle took it a couple of steps further with the joke where Malcolm wrote his (correct) diagnosis and a threat of legal action on his stomach for the surgeons to see because they were just going to whip his appendix out with no real reason behind it. 40% less deaths is still a stupidly high difference to make, though!

    Kay CeeKay Cee5 aylar önce
  • I love the casual misandry from the woman with the funny shirt and botox'd face.

    AndrewAndrew5 aylar önce
    • Spend 24 hours on grindr and tell me you don't agree

      Tom KenningTom Kenning5 aylar önce
  • Japanese train conductors have a similar system where they point at all things they are supposed to check and say it out loud. Reduced train errors by like 2x.

    romulusnrromulusnr5 aylar önce
    • It's also why both airline pilots go through the checklist. One reads the item, the other repeats it and then performs the required procedure.

      almostfmalmostfm5 aylar önce
  • A few years ago a woman was having her kidney removed in order to donate it to her sister, and a nurse inadvertently discarded the kidney.

    nocalstevenocalsteve5 aylar önce
    • @nocalsteve Woah! abcnews.go.com/Health/toledo-hospital-threw-donor-kidney-now-denies-negligence/story?id=20110334 That looks like clear negligence to me!

      L GL G5 aylar önce
    • @nocalsteve Hmm a seven year old story with no explanation of how and why. "the kind of accident that happened at UTMC is unheard of in organ transplant centers." This is about right. Transplants are carried out by "harvest" teams, it's what they do all the time. The suggestion that it took over an hour to recover the organ is intriguing, placed in biological waste? How TF did nobody notice? Fascinating story, I'll look for a follow up. See what the (inevitable) investigation turns up. Thank you

      L GL G5 aylar önce
    • www.toledoblade.com/q/2012/08/24/utmc-nurse-tossed-out-kidney-ruined-it.html

      nocalstevenocalsteve5 aylar önce
    • @nocalsteve Nope, you provide a link and I'll read it. Expecting to find when, how, and why in your evidence

      L GL G5 aylar önce
    • Google “Toledo nurse throws away kidney”

      nocalstevenocalsteve5 aylar önce
  • Did I sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night?

    nocalstevenocalsteve5 aylar önce
  • Unix is a form of heaven for those in the know

    ttthttpdttthttpd5 aylar önce
  • How good’s my malpractice insurance?

    Jay WrightJay Wright5 aylar önce
  • What's my tee time?

    Melissa HMelissa H5 aylar önce
  • Katherine Ryan is a fucking dullard. She doesn't belong anywhere near QI.

    Not A Sith LordNot A Sith Lord5 aylar önce
  • "does this bitch have insurance?"

    N EnglishN English5 aylar önce
  • Katherine's face said it all "40% decrease" is an INCREDIBLY huge number of deaths.

    ShallibodhranShallibodhran5 aylar önce
    • When they tested it in North Carolina, it ended up being comparable to the amount of people who died in car crashes in the state over the same period of time, IIRC

      columbus8myhwcolumbus8myhw4 aylar önce
  • Isn't there a photo of the guy operating on himself? I also love rhod calling bullshit on Katherine's pain scale comment

    htdtrhtdtr5 aylar önce
  • A friend of mine needed knee surgery and before being put under wrote with indelible marker on her good leg, "NOT THIS ONE!"

    ffeffffeff5 aylar önce
    • @William Smith Your entitled to your own interpretation and opinion son.

      Idle OnlookerIdle Onlooker2 aylar önce
    • @Idle Onlooker No, you didn't.

      William SmithWilliam Smith2 aylar önce
    • No, she didn't.

      William SmithWilliam Smith2 aylar önce
    • @L G 1) Your post show that you're a CUNT!! 2) I NEVER said I was a theatre nurse, you arsehole!! 3) I am a nurse, because 4) As nursing has many specialities: paediatric, oncology, cardiology, ER, mental health etc etc.Im qualified in 3 specialities - but not theatre. 5) Marking my foot was done as a "tongue-in-cheek" joke to amuse the surgeons (which they said they enjoyed, when they reviewed my foot the following day). DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW, YOU STUPID FUCKING CUNT????? GOOD!! NOW FIUCK OFF!! 😘👍

      Idle OnlookerIdle Onlooker2 aylar önce
  • Of course Katherine Ryan says that 🙄

    Axl DaveAxl Dave5 aylar önce
QI | What's The First Question Surgeons Must Ask Themselves?