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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The universal desire to heal those we care about has made medicine a prime innovator throughout human history. The medical field has always been on the cutting edge, and some people would even be surprised what kinds of science fiction-style techniques exist in hospitals and operating rooms today.

For instance, the first telesurgery was performed in 2001. A decade and a half ago, a surgeon in the United States operated on a patient in France. Between then and now, doctors, computers, and robots have worked together well enough that science is only years away from implementing gesture-based technology in the OR, in which doctors motion to robots, who can perform tasks in the operating theater that would risk compromising the doctor’s sterile environment.

But the techniques that are a few years away aren’t as interesting as the ones that can’t be implemented yet. Due to constraints on existing technology, these are 4 healthcare technologies that remain years away, but will define the future in healthcare industries.

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Burnout has probably always been a part of doctors’ lives, and that’s still true today. A calm and collected life for physicians, with reduced stress and anxiety, is the exception rather than the rule. Some doctors, such as surgeons, are even more challenged than others. The numbers that paint this picture of crisis are staggering.…

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We’ve come a long way in reducing the cases of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) but they haven’t quite become a thing of the past yet. Over the course of the last few years countries in Western Europe, such as the UK and Germany, have noted some significant declines of various hospital-acquired infections… Yet, according to the…

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