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Int J Nurs Stud. 2012 Feb;49(2):201-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.08.012. Epub 2011 Oct 5.

Evaluation of the Scrub Practitioners' List of Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills system.

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School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, AB24 2UB Scotland, UK. l.mitchell@abdn.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Scrub Practitioners' List of Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (SPLINTS) system is a new tool for training and assessing scrub practitioner (nurse, technician) behaviours during surgical operations.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the study was to test the psychometric properties including inter-rater reliability of the prototype SPLINTS behavioural rating system.

METHODS:

Experienced scrub practitioners (n=34) attended a one-day session where they received background training in human factors and non-technical skills and were also trained to use the SPLINTS system. They then used SPLINTS to rate the scrub practitioners' non-technical skill performance in seven standardized simulated, surgical scenarios.

RESULTS:

Reliability, measured by within-group agreement (r(wg)) for the three skill categories and six out of nine elements, was acceptable (r(wg)>0.7). Participants were within one scale point of expert ratings in >90% of skill categories and elements, and could use SPLINTS to score performance with a reasonable level of accuracy. There was good internal consistency of the system: absolute mean difference was M<0.2 of a scale point for all three categories. Participants were surveyed and they indicated that the system was complete and usable as an assessment tool.

CONCLUSION:

The reliability of the SPLINTS system was deemed to be adequate for assessing scrub practitioners' non-technical skills in simulated, standardized, video scenarios. On the basis of these results, the system can now move on to usability testing in the real operating theatre.

PMID:
21974792
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.08.012
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