ANCHOR LEAD: A TWO MINUTE BRIEFING REDUCES SURGICAL ERRORS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Meeting for just two minutes prior to beginning surgery helps the entire surgical team get up to speed and may reduce the likelihood of surgical errors, Johns Hopkins research shows. Marty Makary, a surgeon and study author, says briefings benefit everyone.
MARTY: We identified a safety score before the briefings program and after everyone was trained and inserviced and using briefings and then remeasured peoples’ awareness of the surgical site, their attitudes toward how safe the operating room was in which they worked and noticed significant improvement in their awareness and their perceptions of safety, so it validated what we had hypothesized and that is that a brief, what we had hypothesized and that is that a brief, team discussion can really get everyone on the same page and with regard to really critical issues. :30
While the briefing strategy may seem like simple common sense, Makary says it isn’t standard procedure in many hospitals, but groups such as the World Health Organization are working to make it so. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.