Episode 20: Crisis Checklists – Bringing the Team Together

crisis management Dec 01, 2020


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Episode Summary

When was the last time you used a cognitive aid in the OR? You probably have some in your OR, albeit they’re likely buried in a drawer somewhere. In this episode, we'll discuss all things related to anesthesia checklists and how they can help you improve patient care.


What You'll Learn

  • Where did anesthesia crisis checklists originate?
  • Do crisis checklists improve performance?
  • Why don’t we use crisis checklists more often?
  • What does the current evidence say about anesthesia crisis checklists?
  • Which anesthesia crisis checklists are currently available?


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Recommended Resources

Hepner DL, et al. Operating Room Crisis Checklists and Emergency Manuals. Anesthesiology 2017; 127:384–92.

Arriaga AF, et al. Simulation-Based Trial of Surgical-Crisis Checklists. N Engl J Med. 2013;368:246-53. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1204720. 

Goldhaber-Fiebert, SN, et al. Clinical Uses and Impacts of Emergency Manuals During Perioperative Crises. Anesthesia & Analgesia: August 3, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue -doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005012.

Alidina S, et al. Factors associated with the use of cognitive aids in operating room crises: a cross- sectional study of US hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. Implementation Science. 2018.13:50. 


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