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Dissecting Cardiac Surgery - Elucidating Team Cognitive Processes

Friday, July 16, 2021

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Dias RD, Zenati MA, Conboy HM, Clarke LA, Osterweil LJ, Avrunin GS, Yule SJ.

This study assessed cognitive involved in cardiac surgical procedures from the perspective of three different specialty groups: surgeons, anesthesiologists, and perfusionists.  The 137 unique processes that were identified were classified as: decision points, critical communications, pitfalls, and strategies.  Understanding these processes and the different perspectives each team member brings to the operation may help improve patient safety and outcomes.

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