How Does TeamSTEPPS Affect Operating Room Efficiency?

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ObjectiveTo evaluate the effect of TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) on operating room efficiency for the otolaryngology service at a tertiary care medical center.Study DesignRetrospective database review.SettingOtolaryngology department at tertiary care medical center.Subjects and MethodsTo assess the impact of implementing an evidence-based patient safety initiative, TeamSTEPPS, on operating room efficiency in the otolaryngology department, the operative times, time lost to delayed starts, and turnover times during the year following the implementation of TeamSTEPPS were compared with the values from the prior year.ResultsThe study compared 1322 cases and 644 turnovers in the year prior to TeamSTEPPS implementation with 1609 cases and 769 turnovers in the following year. There were no statistically significant decreases in operating room efficiency in the year after the TeamSTEPPS rollout.ConclusionOperating room efficiency was preserved after the rollout of a rigorous evidence-based patient safety initiative that requires active participation from all operating room team members.

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