Developed by the Smile Train-Lifebox Safer Surgery and Anesthesia Initiative, the workshop targets the three main professional groups – anesthesia providers, nurses, and surgeons – who collaborate together as ‘Cleft teams’ to deliver cleft surgery and care in the operating room and post-operative recovery areas.
The workshop focuses on improving teamwork and communication processes during emergency events, as well as routine best practices for surgical safety. Participants are supported by faculty to tackle challenging clinical scenarios together in a safe and respectful environment. Cleft teams from different facilities train together to learn team-to-team and across disciplines – encouraging the sharing of best practices and helping build a network of practitioners for cleft care. This workshop is particularly important since children with cleft are at higher-risk of complications during surgery.