• News
  • News
  • Application of Non-Technical Skills (Human Factor) Principles
in the Operating Theatre


Application of Non-Technical Skills (Human Factor) Principles
in the Operating Theatre


2021-06-29 10:21:36

By Loh Huey Peng, Assistant Director, Nursing, Operating Theatre, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
My interest in Non-Technical Skills (NTS), or human factors, began when I visited The Rotterdam Eye Hospital in Netherlands for the inaugural World Association of Eye Hospital (WAEH) meeting back in 2007. I was intrigued and fascinated by studies which applied aviation NTS training principles into the operating theatre, for example surgeons experiencing the role of a pilot. NTS is a combination of cognitive, social, and personal resource skills that complement technical skills and they are a crucial component in many high risk industries such as aviation, nuclear plants, and in my professional field, the operating theatre.

I realised NTS could potentially bridge a gap in adverse patient safety occurrences, a concern still prevalent today, more than 15 years after the Institute of Medicine first published the report “To Err is Human” in 1999. The report highlighted that many of such adverse patient safety events were attributed to failures in NTS rather than a lack of technical expertise. However, progress to assess, train, and improve NTS for similar high risk areas such as the operating theatre remains restricted. Identifying important non-technical skills and their associated behaviours underpin the development of future training programs in enhancing patient safety efforts.

That’s where my research comes in. I was determined to explore this area for my PhD despite its many challenges. Firstly, convincing fellow clinicians that this was a research area of significant impact and value was essential. I was fortunate to have support from my organisation as well as guidance from both my site supervisors, Dr Yin ShanQin, a human factor specialist and Dr Dirk De Korne, who came to Singapore from The Rotterdam Eye Hospital. Both are equally passionate in research about human factors in healthcare.

Loh Huey Peng

Loh Huey Peng, Assistant Director, Nursing, Operating Theatre, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)

Read the complete interview: interview

More news

WAEH Newsletter – July 2021

Call for Abstracts now open! The 15th Annual WAEH meeting: 8 September 2021  Because of the ongoing global coronapandemic, the WAEH board has decided to organize The 15th Annual WAEH Meeting online. The meeting will be hosted by the St Erik Eye Hospital (Sweden) and the Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins (USA). Main theme: EyeHospital […]

“Big Data Analysis Report on Myopia Surgery in China Market” by AIER Group”

On May 23rd 2021, AIER School of Ophthalmology, Central South University and AIER Eye Research Institute jointly released “Report on Myopia Surgery in China Market” to the public. The report sampled and studied 1.02 million eyes with myopia surgery performed, namely 520,000 patients aged 18 to 79 from 206 cities in 29 provinces where they […]

24 June 2021 Webinar | Pediatric Eye Care – Coping with The Covid Pandemic in Eye Hospitals worldwide

Hosted by The WAEH Moderator: Maaike van Zuilen, Global Lead of the WAEH / Support Team Co-moderator:Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACS from the Kellogg Eye Center, Board member of the WAEH Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACSBartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professorin Eye Plastics and Orbital SurgeryProfessor, Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesProfessor, Department […]

Friday 10th December 2021 Webinar | The wider impact on people’s lives following the Covid 19 pandemic

Hosted by The WAEH Moderator: Maaike van Zuilen, Global Lead, WAEH What is a Schwartz Round? Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. The purpose of Rounds are to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic […]

WAEH Newsletter – June 2021

WAEH Webinar: Thursday 24 June Pediatric Eye Care – Coping with The Covid Pandemic in Eye Hospitals worldwide Moderated by:Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, Board member of the WAEH Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACSKellogg Eye Center – Ann Arbor, USABartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professorin Eye Plastics and Orbital SurgeryProfessor, Ophthalmology […]

Stay Up to Date With News, Inspirations and Events

A worldwide network of eye hospitals

Contact


Maaike van Zuilen,
maaike.vanzuilen@waeh.org

Social