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Unanticipated Events Common in the Operating Room

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Unanticipated events appear to be common in the operating room, according to an investigation of high-acuity surgeries. Deviations occurred an average of every 79.4 minutes in the study. These deviations often resulted from poor organizational and environmental design and suboptimal OR team dynamic.

Abstract: Annals of Surgery, August 2012.

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