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. 2016 Jun;36(6):415-9.
doi: 10.1038/jp.2016.42. Epub 2016 Mar 31.

Post-event Debriefings During Neonatal Care: Why Are We Not Doing Them, and How Can We Start?

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Post-event Debriefings During Neonatal Care: Why Are We Not Doing Them, and How Can We Start?

T Sawyer et al. J Perinatol. .

Abstract

Post-event debriefings are a foundational behavior of high performing teams. Despite the inherent value of post-event debriefings, the frequency with which they are used in neonatal care is extremely low. If post-event debriefings are so beneficial, why aren't they conducted more frequently? The reasons are many, but solutions are available. In this report, we provide practical advice on conducting post-event debriefing in neonatal care. In addition, we examine the perceived barriers to conducting post-event debriefings, and offer strategies to overcome them. Finally, we consider opportunities to foster a culture change within neonatal care which integrates debriefing as standard daily work. By establishing a safety culture in neonatal care that encourages and facilitates effective post-event debriefings, patient safety can be enhanced and clinical outcomes can be improved.

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