Submitting Campus

Daytona Beach

Department

Department of Human Factors & Systems

Document Type

Article

Publication/Presentation Date

9-3-2013

Abstract/Description

The cardiac surgical operating room (OR) is a complex environment in which highly trained subspecialists interact with each other using sophisticated equipment to care for patients with severe cardiac disease and significant comorbidities. Thousands of patient lives have been saved or significantly improved with the advent of modern cardiac surgery. Indeed, both mortality and morbidity for coronary artery bypass surgery have decreased during the past decade. Nonetheless, the highly skilled and dedicated personnel in cardiac ORs are human and will make errors. Refined techniques, advanced technologies, and enhanced coordination of care have led to significant improvements in cardiac surgery outcomes.

Publication Title

Circulation

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1161/CIR.0b013e3182a38efa

Publisher

American Heart Association

Additional Information

This is a free version of the article originally published September 3, 2013, which has a correction from September 17, 2013, added at the end.

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