AHA Scientific Statement

Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room:  Human Factors and Teamwork:  A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association has been published in the AHA Journal Circulation. This statement was co-authored by members of the SCA, SCA Foundation’s FOCUS Initiative, STS, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and American Society of Extracorporeal Technology and AHA’s Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia.

Dr. Joyce Wahr, Chair of the SCA Foundation, was the lead author and Dr. Nancy Nussmeier, Vice-Chair of the SCAF was senior author on this commissioned statement, together with numerous members of the FOCUS initiative. This paper examines opportunities and recommendations for future action and research opportunities in the physical and safety culture of the cardiac OR. This statement validates the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to patient safety, such as that embodied by the FOCUS Initiative.