Entire Perioperative Services Team Takes Safety-Efficiency-Teamwork Pledge

The Aug. 7 Perioperative Services Teamwork Event culminated with all employees involved in the care of surgical patients pledging to prioritize safety, efficiency, and teamwork.

Entire Perioperative Services Team Takes Safety-Efficiency-Teamwork Pledge click to enlarge The Aug. 7 Perioperative Services Teamwork Event culminated with all employees involved in the care of surgical patients pledging to prioritize safety, efficiency, and teamwork.

Did you know that using CUS words can potentially increase patient safety, efficiency, and teamwork? For providers and staff involved with caring for surgical patients, that’s certainly the case.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, approximately 1000 employees, ranging from nurses, scrub techs, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists, received a full dose of safety acronyms, CUS words being one of them, in an effort to increase safety, efficiency, and teamwork in the operating room.

The attendees were encouraged to use CUS words when appropriate, which simply means to state your Concern, explain why you’re Uncomfortable, and discuss the Safety issue.  They were informed of other valuable tools, such as: the Surgical Safety Checklist, the SAFE reporting system, the CPR2 initiative (Commitment to Positive Respectful Relationships), and the Integrated Emotional Support Program.

The event was capped off with the entire group standing up together to take the Safety-Efficiency-Teamwork Pledge.  The group pledged, “Safety - I will put our patient’s safety above all other concerns.  I will Speak up, Listen, and Stop the Line if our patient’s safety is at risk.  Efficiency - I will perform my duties to meet the mutual expectations of my inter-dependent teammates.  I will be a responsible steward of our shared resources.  Teamwork - I will assume the best intentions from my teammates. I will always communicate respectfully.”

“UNC Medical Center’s Perioperative Team provided simultaneous training to multiple groups in order to accommodate the large number of attendees. It was extremely important that all receive the same vital message – the team’s mission is of greater value that the goals of the individual members and that mission is providing safe, high quality care ” said Dr. Peggy McNaull.

Perioperative Services expects to offer these all-inclusive cross-disciplinary training events on an annual  basis to promote and advance our patient safety culture.  Please contact Janet Chadwick, RN (Manager, Education and Quality, Perioperative Services), Dr. Peggy McNaull (Associate Chief Medical Officer - Quality and Safety) or Dr. Moe R. Lim (Associate Chief Medical Officer – Surgical Services) with questions.