June 1, 2008

Briefings head off communication failures

By: OR Manager

A structured OR team briefing before a case can dramatically reduce communication failures, a new study from Canada finds. In the study surgeons, nurses, and anesthesia providers held a short briefing guided by a checklist. Researchers documented communication problems before and after the briefings were implemented. Results showed communication failures per procedure fell by threefold. One-third of briefings showed "functional utility," meaning they made a difference by identifying a problem,…

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