Closed-Loop Communication Improves Task Completion in Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation

  • August 2, 2017

In health care, effective teamwork and communication are central to patient safety. This article, which appeared in the Journal of Surgical Education, references CRICO’s Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) report on malpractice risks in communication failures, which indicates “Over 30% of malpractice awarded suits, where a patient is injured or killed, have miscommunication to blame.”

Study Conclusion: While closed-loop communication prevents medical errors, the study highlights the potential to increase the speed and efficiency with which tasks are completed in the setting of pediatric trauma resuscitation. Trauma drills and systems of communication that emphasize the use of closed-loop communication should be incorporated into the training of trauma team leaders.


Citation for the Full-text Article

El-Shafy IA, Delgado J, Akerman M, Bullaro F, Christopherson NAM, Prince JM. Closed-loop communication improves task completion in pediatric trauma resuscitation. Journal of Surgical Education. 2017 Aug 2. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.06.025. [Epub ahead of print].


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