Safer Surgery: Analysing Behaviour in the Operating Theatre

Rhona Flin (Editor), Lucy Mitchell (Editor)

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Operating theatres are very private workplaces. There have been few research investigations into how highly trained doctors and nurses work together to achieve safe and efficient anaesthesia and surgery. While there have been major advances in surgical and anaesthetic procedures, there are still significant risks for patients during operations and adverse events are not unknown. Due to rising concern about patient safety, surgeons and anaesthetists have looked for ways of minimising adverse events. Behavioural scientists have been encouraged by clinicians to bring research techniques used in other industries into the operating theatre in order to study the behaviour of surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists. "Safer Surgery" presents one of the first collections of studies designed to understand the factors influencing safe and efficient surgical, anaesthetic and nursing practice. The book is written by psychologists, surgeons and anaesthetists, whose contributions combine to offer readers the latest research techniques and findings from some of the leading investigators in this field. It is designed for practitioners and researchers interested in understanding the behaviour of operating theatre team members, with a view to enhancing both training and practice. The material is also suitable for those studying behaviour in other areas of healthcare or in high-risk work settings. The aims of the book are to: present the latest research on the behaviour of operating theatre teams, describe the techniques being used by psychologists and clinicians to study surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses' task performance, and outline the safety implications of the research to date.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFarnham, United Kingdom
Number of pages500
ISBN (Print)075467536X, 978-0754675365
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2009


  • psychology
  • high risk work settings
  • behaviour
  • operating theatre team


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