Understanding the role of non-technical skills in patient safety

White, Nick
February 2012
Nursing Standard;2/29/2012, Vol. 26 Issue 26, p43
Trade Publication
It is estimated that one in 300 patients admitted to hospital will die or be seriously injured as a result of medical errors (Chief Medical Officer 2009), many of which will be caused by human factors. This article examines a case study in which team error led to the death of a patient. It discusses some of the contributing human factors that were involved and explores possible ways to improve patient safety through education in human factors and non-technical skills.


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