This exploratory qualitative study engaged stakeholders as part of an attempt to design and implement best practice guidelines or team training interventions to enhance communication and teamwork in the operating room.
This article discusses a hands-on training program that allows surgeons in practice to scrub alongside an expert, providing 1-on-1 exposure to new techniques and surgical skills.
This Viewpoint examines the practice of concurrent surgery and the need to discuss with patients when and why a surgeon may be absent during noncritical portions of a procedure.
This case series discusses the inpatient resources, including imaging, nursing overtime, and blood bank needs, that were used to treat 63 individuals injured in the Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash.
This article reviews a cost-performance feedback tool to provide surgeons with a continuous assessment of operating room expenditures to increase surgeons’ awareness of costs and encourage changes in behavior.
This retrospective review finds that the primary factor for development of a successful TAVR program development is integration of the cardiac team.
Scalea et al test the hypothesis that establishing a financial incentive program for OR teams would improve efficiency, leading to decreased turnaround times (“wheels out” to “wheels in” of 60 minutes or less) and improved on-time first-case starts (“wheels in” within 6 minutes of the scheduled start time). See the Invited Commentary by Kaminski.
Hicks et al describe the current state of OR briefings and debriefings as well as their experience as part of a comprehensive unit–based safety program.
Miller and coauthors examine reported wrong-side thoracenteses and determine the contributing factors associated with their occurrence.