Journal of Surgical Simulation 2017; 4: A: 1 - 1

Published: 19 January 2017


Oral presentation

Special Issue: What matters to patients

Matilda Tristram
Corresponding author: Matilda Tristram, Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency Ltd, Top Floor, 66 Onslow Gardens, London, N10 3JX, UK . Email:


Matilda Tristram presents panels from her diary comic, Probably Nothing (Penguin/Viking 2014), about being diagnosed with bowel cancer when pregnant with her first baby, and a new strip about undergoing a reverse hemicolectomy operation a year later. She discusses patient safety in both these instances, including mistakes that could have been avoided as well as responses that helped.


Tristram M. Probably nothing: a diary of not-your-average nine months. London: Viking, Penguin Books; 2014.


patient experience; patient safety; bowel cancer

Additional Information

This presentation was given at the 6th Annual Homerton Simulation Conference: Safety Engineering and Simulation in Healthcare, Homerton University Hospital, London, UK, on 1 December 2016.

Conflicts of interest: none declared.