The importance of non-technical performance for teams managing postpartum haemorrhage: video review of 99 obstetric teams

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Objective: Little is known about how teams’ non-technical performance influences clinical performance in obstetric emergencies such as postpartum haemorrhage. Design: Video review – observational study. Setting: A university hospital (5000 deliveries) and a regional hospital (2000 deliveries) in Denmark. Population: Obstetric teams managing real-life postpartum haemorrhage. Methods: We systematically assessed 99 video recordings of obstetric teams managing real-life major postpartum haemorrhage. Exposure was the non-technical score (AOTP); outcomes were the clinical performance score (TeamOBS) and the delayed transfer to the operating theatre (defined as blood loss >1500 ml in the delivery room). Results: Teams with an excellent non-technical score performed significantly better than teams with a poor non-technical score: 83.7 versus 0.3% chance of a high clinical performance score (P < 0.001), 0.2 versus 80% risk of a low clinical performance score (P < 0.001), and 3.5 versus 31.7% risk of delayed transfer to the operating theatre (P = 0.008). The results remained robust when adjusting for potential confounders such as bleeding velocity, aetiology, time of day, team size, and hospital. The specific non-technical skills associated with high clinical performance were vigilance, role assignment, problem-solving, management of disruptive behavior, and leadership. Communication with the patient and closing the loop were of minor importance. All performance assessments showed good reliability: the intraclass correlation was 0.97 (95% CI 0.96–0.98) for the non-technical score and 0.84 (95% CI 0.76–0.89) for the clinical performance score. Conclusion: Video review offers a new method and new perspectives for research in obstetric teams to identify how teams become effective and safe; the skills identified in this study can be included in future obstetric training programmes. Tweetable abstract: Non-technical performance is important for teams managing postpartum haemorrhage; video review of 99 obstetric teams.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume126
Issue8
Pages (from-to)1015-1023
Number of pages9
ISSN1470-0328
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Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

    Research areas

  • Clinical performance, emergency treatment, non-technical skills, obstetric labour complications, postpartum haemorrhage, teamwork, video analysis, MANAGEMENT, SKILLS, PREVENTION, CARE, TEAMWORK, LEADERSHIP, EMERGENCIES, COMMUNICATION, EPIDEMIOLOGY, RESUSCITATION

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