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Risk management valuing anaesthesiologist's experience: A-28

Parente, S.; Loureiro, R.

European Journal of Anaesthesiology: May 2005 - Volume 22 - Issue - p 8
Evidence Based Practice and Quality Assurance

Department of Anaesthesiology, S. Francisco Xavier Hospital and Council for Quali, Oeiras, Portugal

Background and Goal of Study: Anaesthesiologists have an accumulated body of experience that can be used in risk management. How can one gather and systematise that lived experience in a way that can be useful in risk management.

Materials and Methods: Gathering and ranking of risk factors by means of a relation matrix filled in by senior anaesthesiologists (n > 43).

Results and Discussions: The information that emerged from the accumulated live experience of the senior anaesthesiologists points to a set of 3 groups of risk factors:

poor leadership; poor communication; lacking of clear tested procedures (1°group)

production pressure; long hours (2°group)

poor facilities; poor or missing equipment; shortage of trained professionals (3°group)

Conclusion(s): Relation matrix can be a useful method for acquiring and systematizing lived experience data into information relevant to risk management in anaesthesiology, providing a retrospective blame-free tool since it can be used anonymously.

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