Understanding the role of non-technical skills in patient safety
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Understanding the role of non-technical skills in patient safety

Nick White Clinical educator and simulation lead, Postgraduate medical education, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham

It is estimated that one in 300 patients admitted to hospital will die or be seriously injured as a result of medical errors (Chief Medical Officer 2009), many of which will be caused by human factors. This article examines a case study in which team error led to the death of a patient. It discusses some of the contributing human factors that were involved and explores possible ways to improve patient safety through education in human factors and non-technical skills.

Nursing Standard. 26, 26,43-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.02.26.26.43.c8972

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nick.white@rothgen.nhs.uk

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