Improving surgical ward rounds with the ‘sterile cockpit’ with Ellie Treloar

Video series: Translating Research

In this episode we hear how Ellie Teloar is working to improve the efficiency of surgical ward rounds, borrowing a concept from the aviation industry.

We learn:

  • why surgical ward round documentation is so important
  • how easy it is for information to be missed or not recorded
  • how the ‘sterile cockpit’ principle can be applied to improve information recording 

About the researcher

Ellie achieved a first- class Honours degree in the area of improving the Surgical Ward round by improving the non-technical skills of health professionals. She has continued to work on, and publish about, quality improvement in the ward round as a research scientist and PhD candidate for the past year and endeavours to change current ward round practice to improve patient care and hospital flow.

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