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PERIOPERATIVE TEAM COLLABORATION, PRE-OP HUDDLE
AND SURGICAL QUALITY RESOURCES 

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Checklists, Surgical Timeout, Briefing, and Debriefing: Safety in the Operating Room

Given that there has been extensive evidence supporting the efficacy of checklists, timeouts, and briefs/debriefs, these practices should be incorporated into every operating room. Continue reading 

Collings, A.T., Stefanidis, D. (2022). Checklists, Surgical Timeout, Briefing, and Debriefing: Safety in the Operating Room. In: Romanelli, J.R., Dort, J.M., Kowalski, R.B., Sinha, P. (eds) The SAGES Manual of Quality, Outcomes and Patient Safety. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94610-4_22

2022

The Future of OR is Affordable

Low-cost and simple-to-implement healthtech drives health equity

In a webinar on the future of the operating room (OR), the speakers touched the topic of the cost of technology. Surgical innovation is expensive. A DaVinci robot, a surgical system that uses a minimally invasive surgical approach, has a $2-million price tag. Not every hospital can afford that.

“We’re missing the ‘Ford model T’ of robots”, one of the webinar speakers said. Continue reading 

2022

Team Communication in Hospitals

Why Chiefy is Not 'Slack for Surgery'

In the age of Slack and WhatApp it’s a bit crazy that you need a 45 minutes’ webinar to explain the benefits of connecting groups of professionals through an asynchronous communication tool. But in healthcare, it’s the first harbingers of disruption. A few interesting points Continue reading

2022

Why Pre-Op Huddle Sucks

The pre-op surgical team huddle is a game-changer. It is also impossible to sustain. Here's what you can do.

We talked to 90 perioperative clinicians and stakeholders. Nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, scrub technologists, vendor reps, intra-op monitoring, residents, fellows. Over 94% reported challenges with perioperative communication.  Continue reading 

2022

Is It Possible to Shift Left in Surgery? | Bringing surgical teams closer to patients

How can surgery be safer and more efficient? By bringing the surgeon and the surgical team closer to the patient, earlier. Or “shifting left”. Continue reading

2021

Breaking Functional Silos | From Software Development to Surgery

Surgery is a cross-functional team sport. Each surgical case requires the collaboration of a long list of highly interdependent professionals: surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, scrub techs, assistants, fellows, residents, equipment vendors, office admins, scheduling coordinators, supply chain people. And then there’s the patient. Continue reading

2021

Dreyfus, D, Nair, A, Rosales, C. The impact of planning and communication on unplanned costs in surgical episodes of care: Implications for reducing waste in hospital operating rooms. J Oper Manag. 2020; 66: 91– 111. https://doi.org/10.1002/joom.1070

2020

Improving Communication and Teamwork in the Surgical Environment ModuleThe Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) toolkit

2020

To Err is Human | Documentary 

2018

Statement on Patient Safety in the Operating Room: Team Care | The American College of Surgeons (ACS)  

2018

Zygourakis, C. C., Yoon, S., Valencia, V., Boscardin, C., Moriates, C., Gonzales, R., & Lawton, M. T. (2017). Operating room waste: disposable supply utilization in neurosurgical procedures, Journal of Neurosurgery JNS, 126(2), 620-625. from https://doi.org/10.3171/2016.2.JNS152442

2017

Changing our culture to advance patient safety | The AANS Presidential Address

To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System | Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Quality of Health Care in America

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