Non-technical skills for scrub practitioners

Mcclelland, Guy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-8053-1298 (2012) Non-technical skills for scrub practitioners. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 22 (12). pp. 389-392. ISSN 1750-4589

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The non-technical skills of situational awareness and the formation of effective interpersonal relationships are essential to enhance surgical outcomes. However, most scrub practitioners demonstrate only tacit awareness of these skills and develop such qualities on an informal basis. Application of non-technical skills may be assessed formally, using a structured framework, to transform normative behaviour and to strengthen barriers against the latent threats that may result from fallible humans working in inadequate organisational systems.

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