Introduction The SAFETY PrepTM is a preoperative protocol designed to promote better operating room (OR) team functioning while fulfilling the requirements of the JCAHO Universal Protocol. Its mnemonically driven format uses metacognitive principles to help make OR team members more conscious about their thought processes. In order to ease its implementation into the clinical setting, we attempted to create a user-friendly learning tool about it for OR teams.
Methods We established a set of criteria that took into account OR requirements, adult learning theory, and human factors principles in developing the SAFETY PrepTM learning tool. Key components included simplicity in structure, ease of use, acceptability, portability, and interactivity.
Results The SAFETY PrepTM learning tool is a CD-based interactive program designed to take an OR team systematically through the five major steps of the SAFETY PrepTM. The tool instructs the OR team in the major requirements of each step and does not proceed until prompted by the team. As a CD-based tool, it is readily portable. Additionally, its interface is very user friendly due to its simple structure. Pilot trials of the tool in our virtual OR demonstrated its adaptability to the clinical setting.
Conclusions The SAFETY PrepTM learning tool is a portable, easy to use, interactive program adaptable to an OR environment. We believe that its use will help ease implementation of the SAFETY PrepTM in the clinical setting. We plan to test this hypothesis by using the learning tool in hospitals adopting the SAFETY PrepTM.
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