Surgeons only knew 44% of staff names - we can change this.
Introductions During Time-outs: Do Surgical Team Members Know One Another's Names?
A study was conducted to determine if using the Surgical safety checklists has a measurable impact on name retention and to assess if operating room (OR) personnel believe it is important to know the names of their colleagues or for their colleagues to know theirs.
Methods: All OR personnel were individually interviewed at the end of 25 surgical cases in which the SSC was used. They were asked to name each OR participant, and if they believed it is important to know the names of their team members and for their team members to know their name.
Results: Of the 150 OR personnel interviewed, 147 (98%) named the surgery attending correctly. The surgery attending named only 44% of other OR staff (p <0.001). Only 62% of the OR staff correctly named the anesthesiology attending. The anesthesiology resident was the least well known but was able to name 82% of the others. The anesthesiology attending named his or her resident 100% of the time; the surgery attending correctly named his or her resident only 68% of the time (p = 0.002).
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