Patient safety in the OR is not a new concept to healthcare providers, especially perioperative healthcare workers. The perioperative team plays a significant role in the surgical process, including ensuring the correct operative site, operating an extensive array of equipment, and validating patient identifiers. What steps should the surgical team take to ensure their patients’ safety? This module will inform perioperative team members of the evidence-based steps to take to create a culture of safety in the OR.
The goal of this program is to inform perioperative teams how to create a culture of safety in the perioperative setting. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Describe the attributes of a “just culture” as it relates to reducing medical errors.
- Review common OR processes that are prone to error.
- Identify the six steps to creating a culture of safety in the OR.
- Name organizations that are helping create a culture of patient safety.
- Define never events.
This course is approved for surgical techs from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.00 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.
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