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Communication failures in the operating room: an observational classification of recurrent types and effects.

Lingard L, Espin S, Whyte S, et al. Communication failures in the operating room: an observational classification of recurrent types and effects. Qual Saf Health Care. 2004;13(5):330-4.

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March 6, 2005
Lingard L, Espin S, Whyte S, et al. Qual Saf Health Care. 2004;13(5):330-4.

This study used direct observation of 48 surgical procedures to characterize deficits in communication among team members.  Problematic communication occurred in nearly one-third of all exchanges between team members, and appeared to have direct effects on patient safety through increasing tension and creating the need for workarounds.  Communication and teamwork in the operating room was the subject of a classic study of safety culture.

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Lingard L, Espin S, Whyte S, et al. Communication failures in the operating room: an observational classification of recurrent types and effects. Qual Saf Health Care. 2004;13(5):330-4.