A team training program using human factors to enhance patient safety

AORN J. 2007 Dec;86(6):994-1011. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2007.11.026.


Beginning in 2005, the aorn foundation and Safer Healthcare implemented a human factors program based on Crew Resource Management training in five diverse surgical facilities across the United States. Highly interactive, customized training sessions were designed to help clinicians standardize communication, enhance teamwork, implement preprocedure briefings and postprocedure debriefings, maintain situational awareness, and recognize red flags in the workplace. Pretraining and post-training surveys were used to determine the effectiveness of the program. Brief overviews from the participating facilities detail specific issues encountered in each setting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ergonomics*
  • Health Plan Implementation
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Safety Management*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative*
  • United States