Southern DHB's use of the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

16 Dec 2010 | Adverse Events

Southern DHB uses the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist in main theatre, obstetric theatre and for day surgery. Michael Dodds, Service Manager, says staff strongly support the use of the checklist, and there have been no major surgical safety-related incidents since its introduction.

‘The checklist is a prompt for good patient management,’ he says. ‘It picks up issues that may otherwise have been missed, but which might have made a big difference to the outcome of the surgery.

‘It has improved communication between staff, especially in places like Queen Mary Obstetric Theatre where there are staff who do not work together regularly.’

Clinical staff from Dunedin Hospital and Mercy Hospital together modified the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist for local use (as recommended by the WHO). Their modified checklist includes all the components of the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist, with the addition of local components.

Last updated 19/01/2012