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Nurse–Surgeon Object Transfer: Video Analysis of Communication and Situation Awareness in the Operating Theatre

Article published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies (Available online 22 January 2014). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020748914000145 Abstract Background One of the most central collaborative tasks during surgical operations is the passing of objects, including instruments. Little is known about how nurses and surgeons achieve this. The aim of the present study was to explore what factors affect … Continue reading

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  • On the 10th October we facilitated a workshop at the London Deanery on 'Interprofessional leadership development in the operating theatre; interactional video analysis' 

The project

The study addresses a key challenge for the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (UK) and other major organizations across the world by investigating professional communication in ‘transient’ teams - that is, communication between professionals who work on recurring tasks, such as surgical operations, in teams that exist only for the duration of the task, or even only for parts of it. Increasingly healthcare professionals step in and out of such newly formed teams, participating in the performance of complex tasks, often with colleagues whom they have never met before. This can have a profound effect on their work. Members of transient teams do not always know each other well, as they used to when these teams were much more stable. Our observational research in the operating theatre aims to show a glimpse of how this impacts on the communication between nurses and surgeons.

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