Journal Article
Study

Impact of staff turnover during cardiac surgical procedures.

Bloom JP, Moonsamy P, Gartland RM. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019.

This study examined whether increased team turnover raises the likelihood of sharp count errors by surgical teams and negatively affects patient outcomes. Analyses of all cardiac operations performed at Massachusetts General Hospital over a 5-year period revealed that sharp count errors were associated with higher rates of in-hospital mortality and were more prevalent with increased team turnover and on weekends. A prior Web M&M commentary discusses adverse outcomes arising due a retained foreign object during cardiac surgery.