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Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room: Human Factors and Teamwork

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Joyce A. Wahr; Richard L. Prager; J.H. Abernathy III; Elizabeth A. Martinez; Eduardo Salas;Patricia C. Seifert; Robert C. Groom; Bruce D. Spiess; Bruce E. Searles; Thoralf M. Sundt III; Juan A. Sanchez; Scott A. Shappell; Michael H. Culig; Elizabeth H. Lazzara; David C. Fitzgerald; Vinod H. Thourani; Pirooz Eghtesady; John S. Ikonomidis; Michael R. England; Frank W. Sellke; Nancy A. Nussmeier; on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research

This joint statement regarding patient safety advocates a variety of systems to improve outcomes, including checklists, preoperative briefings, postoperative debriefings, and training in communication skills.  Nontechnical skills are the key to improvements in safety.  Anonymous event reporting and regular training in rare but significant events are also recommended. 

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