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Operating Room Safety Initiative

The goal of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Operating Room Safety Initiative is to help ensure the safety of all patients and professionals in our operating rooms.

We begin by examining the underlying causes of common incidents which endanger the safety of those present in the OR, and by trying to anticipate unexpected events.  We then modify our existing processes and procedures to include a regimen of preparatory tools to increase awareness, preparedness and participation by our staff.

These modifications do not add significant time to conventional preparation, and should decrease the risk and severity of hazardous events.