SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- When dealing with the high stakes of a surgery, communication is key. That’s why a part of TeamStepps, a training program for aspiring surgeons, is focused on a new system of check-ins, hand-offs and briefings.
According to the British Journal of Surgery, one-in-ten hospital patients have some sort of mishap during their hospital stay. Nearly 75 percent of those are related to surgery.
Bobbi Faust, the director of Quality and Safety of Surgical Services, said TeamStepps is an effort to make it a little safer to go under the knife.
“There's always been kind of a hierarchy in medicine where the doctor is captain of the ship. But we want to flatten that hierarchy so that everyone feels comfortable to speak up,” said Faust.
Surgeon Andrea Halliday says she believes having an entire team complete training together helps make a more cohesive unit.
“I've been a neurosurgeon for 25 years, and this is the first time that I've had a training with my staff and with my techs,” said Halliday.