CRM in military and civilian settings

By Dirk H. Alander, MD; Robert Brooks, MD, PhD, MBA; David B. Carmack, MD; and Col. Joseph Legan, MD

Lessons from aviation applied to the operating room

The aviation cockpit model of crew resource management (CRM) can be applied to the operating room (OR) as a tool for improving communication and preventing medical error. This system uses the resources of the participating individuals to promote excellence in patient outcomes and safety, to increase productivity, and to improve patient, staff, and surgeon satisfaction.

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