What is it about?

Team brief takes place at the start of every operating list. This is usually, though not always, led by the surgeon or anaesthetist who has had little or no training in how to conduct a team brief and it largely follows a checklist formula. There is inevitably some variance in the conduct and culture of the safety briefing and this article attempts to explore the concept of team brief and to identify where consensus does and does not exist.

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Why is it important?

This is largely unexplored territory. Questions of effectiveness or quality can not be addressed until there is consensus as to what a safety briefing should achieve or how that success may be measured.


I have a lot of questions about team brief however they are largely based on assumptions of what a brief should include, the limitations of briefing and what the measure of an effective team brief is. This is further complicated by the notion that the effectiveness of a briefing is only truly measurable when something out of the ordinary occurs and staff response may be assessed.

bernard pennington
University of Huddersfield

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This page is a summary of: The perioperative Team Brief: A patient safety initiative or another tick-box exercise?, Journal of Perioperative Practice, May 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1750458919845828.
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