53 - Surgical Team Familiarity: An Integrative Review
Description: Surgical quality is predicated by the ability of interprofessional teams of clinicians who work together seamlessly to provide safe and reliable patient care. This review provides a comprehensive evaluation of the current surgical team familiarity evidence and determines its influence on surgical team performance. We searched PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, and PsychINFO for surgical team familiarity articles using a comprehensive and iterative search strategy. We identified 598 manuscripts, 16 of which met our inclusion criteria. The findings presented in this literature review indicate that surgical team familiarity plays a crucial role in healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency of care. Those seeking interventions should consider surgical team familiarity as a method to standardize surgical care, decrease inefficiencies, and promote safe surgical outcomes. Perioperative leaders can influence surgical safety by setting familiarity expectations and influencing a cultural change that embraces team membership consistency.
Co-Author: Marla J. De Jong, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, Col (Ret.), USAF NC