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Evaluation of a Preoperative Checklist and Team Briefing Among Surgeons, Nurses, and Anesthesiologists to Reduce Failures in Communication—Invited Critique

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD; Martin A. Makary, MD, MPH; Lisa C. Rowen, MSN
Arch Surg. 2008;143(1):18. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2007.22.
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The contrasting performance between 2 US Olympic teams is a testament to the power of teamwork. The men's 2004 basketball “dream team” had autonomous stars who were individually considered to be the best in the world, yet they performed poorly as a team. The 1980 hockey team was less skilled but superior in teamwork; it won the gold medal against tremendous odds. The article by Lingard and colleagues points to a vision in which the surgical team functions more like the hockey team than the dream team.

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