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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Hot Technology - April 2019

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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What is the "black box" and what is it designed to do? It's a shoebox-size device that captures video and audio recordings of everything that happens in the OR, so we know what steps were completed and how well the team communicated. It also electronically documents physiological information from patient monitors and the physical environment of the room, including ambient temperature, decibel levels and how many times the door is opened. It's designed to identify near misses, understand the risks involved and proactively mit- igate those risks. Why is capturing real-time data so important? The information captured by the black box is irrefutable evidence of what really goes on in the OR, so you can target specific solutions. We've shown that coaching surgical teams with black box data reduces the rate of surgical errors by 50%. The healthcare industry continues to invest billions of dollars in enhancing the safety of devices used dur- ing surgery, but we haven't seen improvements in safety outcomes. Without accurate data, you're try- ing to solve complex problems blindly. eal-time OR Monitoring Leads to Better, Safer Surgery R Teodor Grantcharov, MD, PhD, FACS Creator of surgery's 'black box' and believer that data doesn't lie A P R I L 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 1

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