When Ariadne Labs wanted to create a simple and scalable way to make surgery safer and easier, they approached the problem the old-fashioned way. Ariadne Labs convened a team, explored their options, and ultimately found a solution. What they found was that a simple surgery checklist, which created a basic communications structure, could reduce…

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While they may not make the headlines often, surgical errors are a serious and widespread issue that hospitals face on a daily basis. According to a 2014 analysis performed by the Patient Safety in Surgery Journal, between 46% and 65% of complications in hospitals occur during surgery.

So apart from hospital-acquired infections (or surgical-site infections), which already take a heavy toll on patient health annually, surgical errors also constitute a serious issue for all involved. Read on to find out more about various types of errors that occur during surgery and how hospitals can address these effectively.

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n the operating theater, tools will generally perform the way they’re supposed to, but there can be complications stemming from factors in between. A scalpel will reliably cut, but a problem can arise from improper sterilization. Similarly, medical professionals carry out their jobs with the utmost precision, but one of the biggest pitfalls is in the space between them—communication.

An exhaustively researched, peer-reviewed study by the British Medical Journal found that lack of communication was the primary factor contributing to complications from surgery. The study laid out how better communication at every stage of the surgical process was crucial for improving not only patient safety, but the working process for hospital staff.

Good communication in the operating room is important, and can be achieved with both improved technology and the implementation of best practices. Here are ways to prevent communications failure in the operating room, for the sake of patients and staff.

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