A survey of 227 nurses from 37 theatres in England, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, reveals that almost 60% had experienced bullying, shouting or rudeness from a surgeon in the previous six months.
More than 70% of the nurses surveyed also reported frequent disagreements between surgeons and theatre nurses, most commonly about operating list management.
‘The scale of conflict reported is a cause for concern because it appears sufficient to disrupt the smooth work of the operating department and explodes the myth that theatre work represents the ultimate in well-coordinated teamwork,’ the authors said.
The UK is lagging behind other European countries in its progress in treating stroke, according to a Health Foundation report. In Germany there was a 33% reduction in stroke mortality between 1997 and 2004, compared with a 16% reduction in the UK, the report says.