For over 45 years, Jeff Cooper, PhD, has worked to improve patient safety in numerous ways. In more recent decades, his focus has been on improving teamwork in the operating room. Dr. Cooper’s most recent publication, “Critical Role of the Surgeon–Anesthesiologist Relationship for Patient Safety,” was just published online first. The importance of it is evidenced by the highly unusual simultaneous publication in two journals, Anesthesiology and The Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Cooper, founder and Executive Director emeritus of the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS), discussed the article with his protégé and successor, Jenny Rudolph, PhD, Executive Director of CMS.
The abstract for “Critical Role of the Surgeon–Anesthesiologist Relationship for Patient Safety” can be read online at:
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