Equipment-related failures cause frequent operating room errors

A new study reveals equipment-related errors are a frequent problem in the operating room. Researchers reviewed 28 quantitative error studies to assess operating room errors and adverse events. The findings, published last week in BMJ Quality and Safety, indicate equipment-related errors vary and include lack of equipment availability, configuration problems, direct malfunctioning, communication failures and technical failures. "Equipment-related failures form a substantial proportion of all error occurring in the OR," the authors write. "Those procedures that rely more heavily on technology may bear a higher proportion of equipment-related error." To reduce the errors, the authors suggest operating room staff use a preoperative checklist. --Read the full FierceHealthIT article