Situational Awareness and Its Application in the Delivery Suite

April 29, 2015

Source: Obstetrics & Gynecology 125/1 pp. 65-9

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Date of publication:  January 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The prevention of accidents in the delivery suite relies on the vigilance of the individual practitioner at the frontline. It is important that the individual practitioner should develop and maintain the cognitive skills to anticipate, recognise, and intercept unfolding error events. This article provides an overview of a nontechnical skill that is essential for safe practice in a delivery suite: situational awareness. Strategies and tactics for maintaining situational awareness are discussed. Many of the interventions require minimal financial resources but could immensely enhance clinical performance and patient safety. The article says that situational awareness should be included in the training of obstetrician–gynaecologists and when training other staff working in a delivery suite.

Length of Publication:  5 pages

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Improving safety in maternity services

May 28, 2012

Source:  The Kings Fund

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  In 2006 the inquiry ‘Safe Births: everybody’s business’ was published.  Further to this the ‘Safer Births Improvement Programme’ was published.  This programme supported 12 multidisciplinary maternity teams and the report shares their experiences and lessons learned.

Length of publication:  1 web page