Neurological Surgery Culture of Perioperative Safety Video

Improving patient safety has been at the forefront of the U.S. healthcare industry since the Institute of Medicine’s publication, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, was released in 1999. This study estimated that as many as 98,000 deaths occur in the United States annually as a result of medical errors.1

Poor communication in the perioperative setting contributes to an unsafe Operating Room (OR) culture and affects patient safety and employee engagement. Communication breakdowns can lead to surgical delays, patient inconvenience, and serious errors. Improving communication between perioperative professionals can enhance the ability of the OR team to provide competent, efficient care to patients; decrease uncertainty regarding surgical procedures and their requirements; promote a sense of harmonious teamwork; and facilitate better cost containment. Various studies have recommended the use of structured checklists. Use of time outs and the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist are examples of processes recently instituted by many facilities nationwide to achieve this end.2

The Department of Neurological Surgery, in collaboration with Anesthesia and perioperative nursing staff, developed a 9 minute educational video for the purpose of:
1. Minimizing errors and improving patient outcomes by simplifying and standardizing neurosurgical perioperative patient safety practices and team communication processes.
2. Highlighting critical patient safety checks/precautions (e.g., patient identification, time-out) and team communication practices (e.g., debriefs, hand-offs).
3. Fostering a culture of patient safety and promote improved communication within the perioperative setting.

View the 1 minute trailer or 9 minute video

1. Penprase B, Elstun L, Ferguson C, Schaper M, Tiller C. Preoperative communication to improve safety: a literature review. Nurs Manage 2010;41(11):18-24.

2. Cvetic E. Communication in the perioperative setting. AORN J 2011;94(3):261-70.

Design and Implementation of a Neurological Surgery Perioperative Culture of Safety Video (PDF Poster)