SURGICAL PERFORMANCE: RECOGNITION OF THE
Intraoperative Performance, Non-Technical Skills and Surgical Safety
What Non-Technical Skills Are Not
Factors Influencing Surgical Performance
About this Book
Human Factors: The Science Behind Non-Technical Skills
Human Factors Science
Evolution of Non-Technical Skills
Non-Technical Skills for Pilots
NOTECHS: Non-Technical Skills for Pilots
Non-Technical Skills in Other Industries
Non-Technical Skills in Health Care
Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons: The NOTSS Behaviour Marker System
Underpinning Theory of Non-Technical Skills
Non-Technical Skills at Work in the Operating Room
New Developments with NOTSS Since the Taxonomy Was Published
Importance of NOTSS for Surgeons and Patients
Edited by Rhona Flin, BSc, PhD, FRSE, FBPsS, holds the chair of Applied Psychology and is the director of the Industrial Psychology Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She was involved in the NOTECHS project to develop a non-technical skills rating tool for pilots, and supervised the ANTS, NOTSS, SPLINTS and ANTS-AP projects. She was awarded the Roger Green Medal for Human Factors in Aerospace (Royal Aeronautical Society) and the John Bruce Medal for Behavioural Science in Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh). Her current research is on non-technical skills, surgeons' intra-operative decision making and senior managers' safety leadership. George G. Youngson, CBE, MBChB, PhD, FRCPEdin, FRCSEd is an emeritus professor of paediatric surgery at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital and University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is a past vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is the founder of its Patient Safety Board. His interests and contributions have included re-configuration of children's surgical services in Scotland, surgical education, and clinical human factors as they affect surgical performance. He has been involved in the delivery of the NOTSS masterclass in various continents, including Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Steven Yule, MA, MSc, PhD, is an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Yule is an Organizational Psychologist and Human Factors scientist. He has been involved in the development of a number of assessment tools including NOTSS, SPLINTS and the Surgical Leadership Inventory (SLI). He has led the development of curricula in non-technical skills for surgical trainees and practising surgeons in the United Kingdom and United States. Dr. Yule is the director of education & research at the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where the current research focus is on demonstrating the impact of surgeons' non-technical skills on process and outcomes, and implementing scalable interventions to enhance patient safety. He is the vice chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) committee on non-technical skills and also on faculty at both the Center for Surgery and Public Health and Ariadne Labs for Health System Innovation, at Brigham & Women's Hospital/ Harvard School of Public Health.
"Describes very well the process of thought, judgement, analysis
and evaluation of risk by surgeons. It emphasises the role of the
surgeon as a leader and setting up and maintenance of standards...
This book explores a new dimension in the operating theatre
environment. It is therefore a unique book."
-(BMA Council Chair's Choice, chosen by Dr Mark Porter, BMA Medical Book Awards 2016)
"I am in awe of the knowledge and deep understanding possessed
[by the] ... contributors of this very important complementary set
of skills that not only should but must be embraced by all
surgical teams ..."
-Bruce Barraclough, Former President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
"It defines the types of decision making that surgeons make on a daily basis without necessarily being aware of how they reached those decisions. I believe having this insight will help improve performance."
-Professor Sir Norman S. Williams, Past President, Royal College of Surgeons of England