24 Feb 2014 | Safe Surgery NZ
This essay 'Do you work well with others? It depends on whom you ask' shows the results of a study on teamwork and communication undertaken at Vancouver's St Paul's Hospital.
Striking differences were found in the scores that nurses gave their collaboration with surgeons – they gave half the score that surgeons gave their collaboration with nurses.
St Paul's Hospital's operating rooms are now moving to using the World Health Organization's Safe Surgery Checklist, and are seeing a significant difference in how surgical team members interact with each other.