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Non-technical skills in surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study?

Etheridge JC, Moyal-Smith R, Sonnay Y, et al. Non-technical skills in surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study. Int J Surg. 2022;98:106210. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2021.106210

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March 9, 2022
Etheridge JC, Moyal-Smith R, Sonnay Y, et al. Int J Surg. 2022;98:106210.

Non-technical skills such as communication, teamwork, decision-making, and situational awareness are responsible for a significant proportion of surgical errors. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the stress in the operating room, associated with increased risk of exposure and shortage of resources. This study compared pre- and post-COVID direct observations during live operations and found that non-technical skills were equivalent; there was a small, but statistically significant, improvement in teamwork and cooperation skills.