IMPACT. Operating Department Human Factors Training for the whole team (2020)

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Conference abstract

Allman T.; Schunke N.; Fenton C.; Branfield L.

British Journal of Surgery; 2020; vol. 107 ; p. 14

Aims: We identified a gap in effective staff training and developed a novel truly multidisciplinary training day to capture the whole team and expose them to simulation in their usual environment amongst usual peers. Our aim was to maximise the impact factor of multidisciplinary operating department human factors training and utilise high fidelity simulation to expose unknown unknowns and improve theatre safety.
Method(s): Novel human factors training run onsite. On a rotational basis designated theatre lists are blocked for the mandatory training to ensure all members of the theatre teams can attend ranging from porters to consultants and team leaders. Line managers enforce attendance and feedback is collated. Anaesthesia retained oversight and organisation. 3 main sessions run in parallel by teams of multidisciplinary facilitators.

  1. WHO Steps to Safer Surgery: Trust ‘STOP THE LINE’ video and discussion.
  2. Raising concerns: discussion lead by consultant surgeon.
  3. Theatre simulation & debrief: High fidelity in the operating theatre.

Result(s): The training received exemplary feedback and review from all staff across specialties.Multiple gaps in knowledge, particularly the location of rarely used emergency equipment and drugs was exposed and this allowed for on the spot, high yield training. Candidate feedback revealed the impact of our training was maximised by the facilitation led by consultant surgeons. Conclusion(s): Human factors training is notoriously variable and limited. We’ve collaborated surgical, anaesthetic and theatre teams to deliver high impact and resourceful training by addressing the human factors that mould our own learning.

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