Interruptions and Miscommunications in Surgery: An Observational Study

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Title Interruptions and Miscommunications in Surgery: An Observational Study
Author Gillespie, Brigid Mary; Chaboyer, Wendy; Fairweather, Nicole
Journal Name AORN Journal
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United States
Publisher Elservier
Abstract In surgery,asmuchas30%ofprocedure-specificinformationmaybelostasaresult of miscommunication.Weassessedtherelationshipbetweeninterruptions,team familiarity, andmiscommunicationsacrossapurposivesampleof160surgical procedures in10specialtiesduringasix-monthperiod.Descriptiveanalysiswas used toquantifyinterruptionsinrespecttothesource(ie,conversational,procedural) and typeofmiscommunication(ie,audience,purpose,occasion,content,experi- ence). Resultsrevealedaninversecorrelationbetweenthelengthoftimethatteams had workedtogetherandthenumberofmiscommunicationsinsurgery( .33, P .01). Therewasapositivecorrelationbetweenthenumberofintraoperative interruptions andthenumberofmiscommunications( .30, P .01). These results mayhelptoinformthedevelopmentofevidence-basedinterventionsde- signed tomitigatetheeffectsofmiscommunicationsinsurgery.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2012.02.012
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 95
Issue Number 5
Page from 576
Page to 590
ISSN 0001-2092
Date Accessioned 2012-07-13
Date Available 2013-06-07T04:16:33Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47519
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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