Distractions in the operating room.
Approach to Improving SafetyResource TypeSetting of CareClinical AreaError TypesOrigin/Sponsor
Operating rooms are complex environments with particular risks regarding interruptions and distractions. This article draws from data reported to the Patient Safety Authority to explore how distractions affect surgeons and other team members. The author reviews strategies to limit distractions, including applying sterile cockpit principles, performing preoperative briefings, and utilizing checklists.