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Course Directors
Thoralf M. Sundt, III, MD, 2015 Course Director
Thoralf M. Sundt, III, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
  Steven J. Yule, PhD, 2015 Course Director
Steven J. Yule, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Program Committee
James H. Abernathy, III, MD, SCA Representative
David Bunnell, PA-C, APACVS Representative
David Fitzgerald, CCP, AMSECT Representative
Robert D. Jaquiss, MD
M. Blair Marshall, MD
Shannon Pengel, LP, RN
Kenneth Shann, CCP, AMSECT Representative
Marco A. Zenati, MD

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Improving patient care remains a constant mission for all members of the surgical team. The AATS Surgical Patient Safety Course has been designed to promote a culture of safety and reduce preventable patient harm by engaging, educating and equipping members of the cardiothoracic surgical team in the multidimensional approach to patient safety. Featuring didactic and interactive presentations and focused workshops the course will provide all members of the Cardiothoracic surgical team including, surgeons, perfusionists, nurse practitioners, cardiac anesthesiologists, and physician assistants with the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes about patient safety that can improve care in the present and future.

Learning Objectives

  • Use a non-technical skills taxonomy to assess behavior in a simulated video scenario
  • Recognize the challenges and limitations of Human Factors approaches to the assessment of SA
  • Identify common causes of and factors associated with medical errors in cardiac surgery
  • Develop mechanisms to collate and analyze error causation
  • Implement effective communication tools between and within teams, e.g. preoperative briefings, postoperative debriefings, and hand-offs

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