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9 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 2 0 W hen the Joint Commission looked at the most commonly reported sentinel events from ambulatory care organizations in 2018 and the first half of 2019, wrong-site sur- geries and retained objects topped the list. Never events? Hardly. How should surgical teams respond to the continuing occurrence of avoidable errors? For one, they can prioritize clear communication about safe patient care. Regularly scheduled pre-op huddles have been paramount in improving the surgical team's com- munication skills at Boston Children's Hospital, according to Megan Nolan, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, clinical coordinator in the cardiac operating room. An interdisciplinary team meets 30 minutes before patients are wheeled in for surgery. "We decided to establish a consistent place to meet, and always huddle in the OR so perfusionists and scrub nurses can join the brief- Danielle Bouchat-Friedman | Associate Editor Communication and Cooperation Prevent Avoidable Errors Structure, checklists and pre-op time outs protect patients from harm. HUDDLE UP The interdisciplinary pediatric cardiac surgical team at Boston Children's Hospital engages in preoperative briefings to ask questions and raise concerns regarding the care of the patient. Megan Nolan, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

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