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1 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 2 0 I t's not that difficult to learn from your mistakes. All it takes is gathering your nurses and surgical techs for a half-hour meeting every few months to talk about errors that occurred and what can be done to make sure they don't happen again. Surgeons do it all the time. They meet to comb over the details of a surgical error, discuss what could have gone differently, and update policies and procedures to ensure they don't repeat the same mistake. The forums, called morbidity and mortality meetings, have been extremely successful in improving the practice of experienced physicians and the training of med students and surgical residents. When several of our nurses who were involved in an adverse event participated in a surgeon-led morbidity and mortality meeting, I thought: Why shouldn't other members of the surgical team benefit from the same frank conversations about ways to improve patient safety? We now gather members of the surgical team to discuss incidents that occurred, including near misses or complications that can be avoided. The meetings are held once a quarter, lasting no more than Safer Care in 30 Minutes or Less Meet as a team to discuss how to prevent patient harm. Safety Amy Brunson, MSN, RN, CNOR • LISTEN AND LEARN Quarterly meetings that address high-risk situations, complications and adverse events are growth opportunities for the entire surgical team. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

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