By Victoria Stern

During a routine procedure, something goes awry. The patient is bleeding, but not at the surgical site. The OR team needs to act quickly to make a differential diagnosis and stabilize the patient.

Problem solving in a crisis situation like this one often comes down to how well the team communicates.

“Poor communication lies at the heart of so many medical errors,” said Daniel Katz, MD, an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative and pain medicine at the