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Journal Article

Operative team communication during simulated emergencies: too busy to respond?

Davis A, Jones S, Crowell-Kuhnberg AM, et al. Surgery. 2017;161:1348-1356.

Communication failures in the operating room are a well-recognized threat to patient safety. Researchers observed and analyzed communication across seven operating room teams during a simulated emergency using a closed-loop communication framework. They found that communication patterns varied by specialty and that the patient's clinical status influenced whether directed communication resulted in a response.