Journal article

Everyone has Their Role to Play During the World Health Organisation Surgical Safety Checklist in Australia: A Prospective Observational Study

Christina Taplin, Linda Romano, Mark Tacey, Russell Hodgson

World Journal of Surgery | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The World Health Organisation Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) is a mandated part of surgical practice. Adherence to the SSC has been shown to result in improved patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine the current adherence to the timeout section of the SSC and, in particular, the function of individual team members. METHODS: A prospective pre- and post-intervention observational audit was conducted on the timeout section. The intervention involved an in-hospital display of interim results and distribution to theatre staff. Data were collected on participants, duration and compliance with checklist items for 400 theatre cases. There were 200 cases before and after..

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