December 1, 2010

Creating a culture shift for safety

By: Pat Patterson
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Less focus on checking off boxes, more focus on teamwork. That's the shift experts say is needed to make lasting change to keep patients safer in surgery. The new study from the Veterans Health Administration finds OR team training was associated with a reduction in patient mortality (related article). VA facilities closed their ORs and mandated 4 hours of teamwork instruction. They also began using briefings and debriefings. Much of…

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