Safety in the operating theatre--part 1: interpersonal relationships and team performance

Curr Anaesth Crit Care. 1995;6:48-53. doi: 10.1016/s0953-7112(05)80198-x.


NASA: The authors examine the application of interpersonal human factors training on operating room (OR) personnel. Mortality studies of OR deaths and critical incident studies of anesthesia are examined to determine the role of human error in OR incidents. Theoretical models of system vulnerability to accidents are presented with emphasis on a systems approach to OR performance. Input, process, and outcome factors are discussed in detail.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology / education
  • Anesthesiology / methods
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Communication
  • Ergonomics
  • General Surgery / education
  • Group Processes*
  • Hospital Mortality
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Medical Errors / mortality
  • Operating Rooms*
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Safety*