Assessing scrub practitioner nontechnical skills: a literature review

Mcclelland, Guy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-8053-1298 (2015) Assessing scrub practitioner nontechnical skills: a literature review. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 25 (1&2). pp. 10-16. ISSN 1750-4589

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A review by Catchpole et al (2009) into the causes and types of harm experienced by the surgical patient emphasised the high risk nature of the perioperative period. Investigations into recent failures at NHS organisations have emphasised the relevance of non-technical skills education in improving clinical performance and patient outcomes. However, scrub practitioner non-technical skills are often developed on a tacit basis, making assessment of performance difficult. This literature review identifies strategies that facilitate assessment of non-technical skills during surgery. Recommendations are made that will assist scrub practitioners in using a validated scrub practitioner non-technical skills assessment framework reliably.

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