Safe Surgery NZ intervention training project report

25 Nov 2016 | Safe Surgery NZ

This report outlines the results of the Safe Surgery NZ programme's intervention training project for the surgical safety checklist.

The checklist is a significant safety initiative in operating theatres that reduces patient harm. Compliance for completion of the checklist had been one of the Health Quality & Safety Commission's quality and safety markers in recent years.

As a way to improve the effectiveness of the checklist it was developed as a wall-mounted checklist with migrated responsibility for each of the three moments: sign in, time out and sign out. This adaptation has shown to improve the compliance and engagement and therefore patient outcomes. This initiative is now being implemented across New Zealand district health boards (DHBs).

The project was based on:

  • results of a national surgical safety culture survey run by Litmus Research focusing on the attitudes and quality of teamwork in operating theatres
  • observational research results from Auckland DHB where the change in practice was implemented
  • results from Proof of Concept implementation run at Lakes and Waikato DHBs and Southern Cross Auckland Surgical Centre in 2014.

Last updated 30/11/2021