June 16, 2015

Checklists help staff keep cool in the heat of an OR crisis

By: OR Manager

An emergency situation in the OR can rattle even the most experienced surgeons, anesthesiologists, and staff. To help reduce anxiety and prompt a more effective response to emergencies, clinicians increasingly are turning to cognitive aids. These cognitive aids, routinely used for years in aviation and other high-hazard industries, are an integral part of crisis resource management, as developed and taught for decades by David Gaba, MD, Steven Howard, MD, and their colleagues.

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