Safe Surgery update

13 Feb 2017 | Safe Surgery NZ

Second Surgical Safety Culture Survey underway 

The Commission’s Surgical Safety Culture Survey was conducted in February within District Health Boards.

Feedback was collected from those impacted by the Commission’s teamwork and communication programmes, including paperless Surgical Safety Checklist and briefing and debriefing work.

The Commission conducted a baseline survey of culture within surgical teams in New Zealand in June 2015.

The results of the baseline survey showed in most instances, team members work relatively well together. Eighty-eight percent of participants agreed that plans for patient care are adapted as needed and that surgeons and anaesthetists work together as a well-coordinated team. Eighty-two percent said they are encouraged to report patient safety concerns and 80 percent agreed that decision-making is shared among disciplines in response to conditions or issues that arise during operations.

Surgery-promotile.jpgHowever, only 40 percent agreed surgical team members from different disciplines always discussed patient conditions and the progress of operations, and 31 percent did not think surgical team members made sure their comments or instructions were heard.

Results from the second round of surveying will be published on the Commission’s website when they are finalised.

The survey will run again in 2019 and 2021, with results used by the Commission’s Safe Surgery NZ programme and Auckland University’s Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation training programme (also known as MORSim).

All DHBs have agreed information may be shared with MORSim, to reduce the burden of surveying on surgical staff.

Safe Surgery co-design training

Last November, a surgical team from Capital & Coast district health board joined Lynne Maher’s co-design training programme.

Over the coming months the co-design project team, including two consumers will work on a project aimed at improving patient experiences and safety.

Progress on this programme will be posted on the Commission’s website and the results of the projects may be turned into national patient safety resources.

National auditor training to be held in April

Workshops for existing nationally and locally trained auditors who have experience as safe surgery observational auditors will be held in April.

The four-hour workshop will be for nationally and locally trained auditors, and for new auditors who are at least familiar with the safe surgery auditing principles, the data collection tool, and have completed a number of sign in, time out and sign out observational audits.

Dates, locations and times for the workshops are:

South Island regional workshop Commodore Hotel, Christchurch 28 April
11:00am – 3:30pm
Central regional workshop Gear Homestead, Wellington 1 May
10:00am – 2:30pm
Northern regional workshop Ko Awatea, Auckland 8 May
10:00am – 2:30pm
Midland regional workshop The Verandah, Hamilton 9 May
10:00am – 2:30pm

Please contact Maree Meehan-Berge for more information about the culture survey or auditor training.

Last updated 07/03/2017