Evaluating the effect of distractions in the operating room on clinical decision-making and patient safety

March 23, 2016

Source: Surgical Endoscopy [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Answering telephone calls and pagers is common distraction in the operating room. This study sought to evaluate the impact of distractions on patient care by (1) assessing the accuracy and safety of responses to clinical questions posed to a surgeon while operating and (2) determining whether pager distractions affect simulation-based surgical performance.

The study found that distractions in the operating room may have a profound impact on patient safety on the wards. While multitasking in a simulated setting, the majority of residents made at least one unsafe clinical decision. Pager distractions also hindered surgical residents’ ability to complete a simulated laparoscopic task in the allotted time without affecting other variables of surgical performance.

Length of publication:  6 pages

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Surgical technology and operating-room safety failures: a systematic review of quantitative studies

October 30, 2013

Source:  BMJ Quality and Safety vol/iss 22/9 pp.710-718

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Date of publication:  September 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This systematic review looked at the frequency of equipment-related error in surgery. One quarter of all errors in surgery are a result of equipment or technology. There was usually about one equipment problem per procedure. Using pre-operative checklists could halve the number of equipment errors.

Length of Publication:  9 pages

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Developing a culture of safety in the surgical suite

August 28, 2010

Source: Healthcare Purchasing News 34(7) pp. 18-22

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Date of publication: July 2010

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The article focuses on how to make patient safety a priority in operating rooms and discusses how adverse events occur and how cross-disciplinary participation can motivate the adoption of new safety practices.

Length of publication: 4 Pages

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