April 1, 2011

Handoffs: What ORs can learn from Formula One race crews

By: OR Manager

Hospitals are taking lessons from the high performance of Formula 1 racing pitstop crews and applying them to handoffs between the OR and the ICU. "The hand- off is like a pit stop: surgery is the first section of the race, the second part is intensive care, and the handoff is in the middle," says Ken Catchpole, PhD, senior postdoctoral scientist in the Quality, Reliability, Safety and Teamwork Unit at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford in England.

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