SAN FRANCISCO– Little steps, when added together, lead to big reductions in serious reportable events in the operating room, according to investigators from the Phoenix-based Banner Health system.
After slight modifications to the count, timeout, and other OR procedures, Banner saw a 52% reduction in serious reportable events (SREs), including a 70% reduction in wrong-site surgeries, across its 22 hospitals and 8 ambulatory surgery centers (J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2014 Oct. 4 [doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2014.09.018]).
In an interview at the annual clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons, lead investigator Dr. Terrence Loftus, the health system’s medical director of surgery services and clinical resources, explained how they did it. He also explained why surgical SREs are seven times more common in the system’s robotic surgery program, despite overall improvements, and what Banner is planning to do about it.