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Miscommunications stem from perioperative interruptions

Article-Miscommunications stem from perioperative interruptions

Gold Coast, Australia — The amount time a surgical team has worked together is associated with the number of miscommunications and interruptions during procedures, according to a study published in the AORN Journal.

Researchers from Australia’s Griffith University studied 160 surgical procedures in 10 specialties over six months to identify the correlation between interruptions, team familiarity and miscommunications during operations. Interruptions were classified as conversational or procedural, and miscommunications were classified as audience, purpose, occasion, content or experience, HealthDay News reports.

The researchers found a significant and inversely relationship between the amount of time a team spent working together and the number of miscommunications. The volume of miscommunications also correlated positively with the number of interruptions.

"These results may help to inform the development of evidence-based interventions designed to mitigate the effects of miscommunications in surgery," according to the report.

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