Operating rooms need to be collaborative, supportive environments in order for hospitals and Surgery Centers to improve patient safety.
A few strategies include:
- Use first names in the OR to create a sense of unity and an air of teamwork on a personal level
- Communicate well during transitions between Pre-Op, OR and PACU. Some centers have implemented checklists that go over exactly who is responsible for transmitting each piece of information
- Automate systems to reduce errors. The EMR should contain specific forms that list the patient’s medications for every type of provider.