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: