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Surgical safety checklist

E Nelson Kankaka, G Kigozi, D Kayiwa, N Kighoma, F Makumbi, T Murungi, D Nabukalu, R Nampijja, S Watya, D Namuguzi, F Nalugoda, G Nakigozi, D Sserwadda, M Wawer, R H Gray
Early infant circumcision (EIC) is the most common neonatal surgical procedure in males.(1) It has also been incorporated as a component in combination HIV prevention in 14 of Sub-Saharan African countries with high HIV prevalence and low circumcision coverage.(2,3) EIC has advantages over adult circumcision due to lower adverse events, no risk of early resumption of sex and potentially lower cost(4-6) . Sub-Saharan African countries have low physician coverage, but comparatively higher coverage of non-physicians who could facilitate roll out of circumcision for HIV prevention...
October 18, 2016: BJU International
Brid O' Brien, Margaret M Graham, Sile Mary Kelly
AIM: To explore nurses' use of the World Health Organization safety checklist in the perioperative setting. BACKGROUND: Promoting quality and safety in health care has received worldwide attention. The World Health Organization surgical safety checklist (2009) is promoted for reducing postoperative morbidity and mortality. The checklist has been introduced in Irish perioperative settings. METHOD(S): A descriptive, qualitative approach was utilised...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Nursing Management
Louise Hull, Thanos Athanasiou, Stephanie Russ
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to emphasize the importance of implementation science in understanding why efforts to integrate evidence-based interventions into surgical practice frequently fail to replicate the improvements reported in early research studies. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Over the past 2 decades, numerous patient safety initiatives have been developed to improve the quality and safety of surgical care. The surgical community is now faced with translating "promising" initiatives from the research environment into clinical practice-the World Health Organization (WHO) has described this task as one of the greatest challenges facing the global health community and has identified the importance of implementation science in scaling up evidence-based interventions...
October 4, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Alexander L Macdonald, Nick Sevdalis
BACKGROUND: Adult surgical patient safety literature is plentiful; however, there is a disproportionate paucity of published safety work in the children's surgical literature. We sought to systematically evaluate the nature and quality of patient safety evidence pertaining to pediatric surgical practice. METHODS: Systematic search of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases and gray literature identified 1399 articles. Data pertaining to demographics, methodology, interventions, and outcomes were extracted...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Matthew E Gitelis, Adelaide Kaczynski, Torin Shear, Mark Deshur, Mohammad Beig, Meredith Sefa, Jonathan Silverstein, Michael Ujiki
BACKGROUND: In 2009, NorthShore University HealthSystem adapted the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) at each of its 4 hospitals. Despite evidence that SSC reduces intraoperative mistakes and increase patient safety, compliance was found to be low with the paper form. In November 2013, NorthShore integrated the SSC into the electronic health record (EHR). The aim was to increase communication between operating room (OR) personnel and to encourage best practices during the natural workflow of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses...
August 16, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Nancy Berlinger, Elizabeth Dietz
Participation in patient safety is one concrete expression of a foundational principle of medical ethics: do no harm. Being an ethical professional requires taking action to prevent harm to patients in health care environments. Checklists and time-outs have become common patient safety tools in the US and other nations. While their use can support ethical practice, recent research has revealed their limitations and has underscored the importance of interpersonal collaboration in developing and using these patient safety tools...
2016: AMA Journal of Ethics
Mariyah Anwer, Shahneela Manzoor, Nadeem Muneer, Shamim Qureshi
OBJECTIVE: To assess World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC), compliance and its effectiveness in reducing complications and final outcome of patients. METHODS: This was a prospective study done in Department of General Surgery (Ward 02), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Karachi. The study included Total 3638 patients who underwent surgical procedure in elective theatre in four years from November 2011 to October 2015 since the SSC was included as part of history sheets in ward...
July 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
A Duclos, J L Peix, V Piriou, P Occelli, A Denis, S Bourdy, M J Carty, A A Gawande, F Debouck, C Vacca, J C Lifante, C Colin
BACKGROUND: The application of safety principles from the aviation industry to the operating room has offered hope in reducing surgical complications. This study aimed to assess the impact on major surgical complications of adding an aviation-based team training programme after checklist implementation. METHODS: A prospective parallel-group cluster trial was undertaken between September 2011 and March 2013. Operating room teams from 31 hospitals were assigned randomly to participate in a team training programme focused on major concepts of crew resource management and checklist utilization...
September 19, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Tayebeh Movahedinejad, Mohsen Adib-Hajbaghery, Mohammad Reza Zahedi
BACKGROUND: Eye trauma is among the most common reasons for referral to hospital emergency departments and ophthalmologists' offices. It also is a common cause of vision loss worldwide. However, few studies are available on the changes in the epidemiology of eye trauma in Iran in recent years. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of hospital admissions for eye trauma in Kashan from August 2011 to February 2014. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out on the hospital records of all patients with eye trauma who were admitted to Kashan's Matini hospital between August 2011 and February 2014...
May 2016: Trauma Monthly
Walston R Martis, Jacqueline A Hannam, Tracey Lee, Alan F Merry, Simon J Mitchell
AIMS: A new approach to administering the surgical safety checklist (SSC) at our institution using wall-mounted charts for each SSC domain coupled with migrated leadership among operating room (OR) sub-teams, led to improved compliance with the Sign Out domain. Since surgical specimens are reviewed at Sign Out, we aimed to quantify any related change in surgical specimen labelling errors. METHODS: Prospectively maintained error logs for surgical specimens sent to pathology were examined for the six months before and after introduction of the new SSC administration paradigm...
2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
Emily Benham, William Richardson, Jonathan Dort, Henry Lin, A Michael Tummers, Travelyan M Walker, Dimitrios Stefanidis
BACKGROUND: Surgical safety checklists reduce perioperative complications and mortality. Given that minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is dependent on technology and vulnerable to equipment failure, SAGES and AORN partnered to create a MIS checklist to optimize case flow and minimize errors. The aim of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of the SAGES/AORN checklist in preventing disruptions and determine its ease of use. METHODS: The checklist was implemented across four institutions and completed by the operating team...
September 7, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Blanca Torres-Manrique, Andreu Nolasco-Bonmati, Loreto Maciá-Soler, Matías Milberg, Alba Noemi Vilca, María José López-Montesinos, Víctor Manuel González-Chordá
OBJECTIVE: To compare the agreement between two surgical checklists implanted in two hospitals in Spain and Argentina, using the international classification for patient safety as a framework. METHOD: This was an expert opinion study carried out using an ad hoc questionnaire in electronic format, which included 7 of the 13 categories of the international classification for patient safety. Fifteen surgical security experts from each country participated in this study by classifying the items on the checklists into the selected ICPS categories...
September 2016: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
Richard A Cabral, Terry Eggenberger, Kathryn Keller, Barry S Gallison, David Newman
To improve surgical team communication, a team at Broward Health Imperial Point Hospital, Ft Lauderdale, Florida, implemented a program for process improvement using a locally adapted World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist. This program included a standardized, comprehensive time out and a briefing/debriefing process. Postimplementation responses to the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire revealed a significant increase in the surgical team's perception of communication compared with that reported on the pretest (6% improvement resulting in t79 = -1...
September 2016: AORN Journal
Anna C Mascherek, Paula Bezzola, Katrin Gehring, David L B Schwappach
Use of the surgical checklist in Switzerland is still incomplete and unsatisfactory. A national improvement program was developed and conducted in Switzerland to implement and improve the use of the surgical safety checklists. The aims of the implementation program were to implement comprehensive and correct checklist use in participating hospitals in every patient and in every surgical procedure; and to improve safety climate and teamwork as important cultural context variables. 10 hospitals were selected for participation in the implementation program...
2016: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
Amanda J Rhee, Yessenia Valentin-Salgado, David Eshak, David Feldman, Pat Kischak, David L Reich, Vicki LoPachin, Michael Brodman
Preventable medical errors in the operating room are most often caused by ineffective communication and suboptimal team dynamics. TeamSTEPPS is a government-funded, evidence-based program that provides tools and education to improve teamwork in medicine. The study hospital implemented TeamSTEPPS in the operating room and merged the program with a surgical safety checklist. Audits were performed to collect both quantitative and qualitative information on time out (brief) and debrief conversations, using a standardized audit tool...
August 10, 2016: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
Isabella Epiu, Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa, Cephas Mijumbi, Francois Ndarugirire, Theogene Twagirumugabe, Edwin Rwebusiga Lugazia, Gerald Dubowitz, Thomas M Chokwe
BACKGROUND: Mortality from anaesthesia and surgery in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa remain at levels last seen in high-income countries 70 years ago. With many factors contributing to these poor outcomes, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" campaign in 2007. This program included the design and implementation of the "Surgical Safety Checklist", incorporating ten essential objectives for safe surgery. We set out to determine the knowledge of and attitudes towards the use of the WHO checklist for surgical patients in national referral hospitals in East Africa...
2016: BMC Anesthesiology
D S McDowell, S McComb
Researchers have shown inconsistencies in compliance, outcomes and attitudes of surgical team members related to surgical safety checklist briefings. The purpose of this study was to examine surgical circulator and scrub practitioners' perceptions of safety checklist briefings and team member involvement, and to identify potential improvements in the process based on those perceptions. An anonymous survey was conducted with members of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)...
June 2016: Journal of Perioperative Practice
Luke R Putnam, Kathryn T Anderson, Michael B Diffley, Aubrey A Hildebrandt, Kelly M Caldwell, Andrew N Minzenmayer, Sarah E Covey, Akemi L Kawaguchi, Kevin P Lally, KuoJen Tsao
BACKGROUND: The benefit of utilizing surgical safety checklists has been recently questioned. We evaluated our checklist performance after implementing a program that includes checklist-related good catches. METHODS: Multifaceted interventions aimed at the preincision checklist and 5 prospective audits were conducted from 2011-2015. We documented adherence to the checklist (verbalization of each checkpoint), fidelity (meaningful performance of each checkpoint), and good catches (events with the potential to cause the patient harm but that were prevented from occurring)...
July 26, 2016: Surgery
Neha Santucci, Sunny Z Hussain, Carroll M Harmon, Julie H Schiavo, Paul E Hyman
OBJECTIVES: Cholecystectomy rates for biliary dyskinesia in children are rising in the United States, but not in other countries. Biliary dyskinesia is a validated functional gallbladder disorder in adults, requiring biliary colic in the diagnosis. In contrast, most studies in children require upper abdominal pain, absent gallstones on ultrasound and an abnormal gallbladder ejection fraction (GBEF) on cholecystokinin-stimulated cholescintigraphy for diagnosis. We aimed to systematically review existing literature in biliary dyskinesia in children, determine the validity and reliability of diagnostic criteria, GBEF, and to assess outcomes following cholecystectomy...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Sara J Singer, George Molina, Zhonghe Li, Wei Jiang, Suliat Nurudeen, Julia G Kite, Lizabeth Edmondson, Richard Foster, Alex B Haynes, William R Berry
BACKGROUND: Studies show that using surgical safety checklists (SSCs) reduces complications. Many believe SSCs accomplish this by enhancing teamwork, but evidence is limited. Our study sought to relate teamwork to checklist performance, understand how they relate, and determine conditions that affect this relationship. STUDY DESIGN: Using 2 validated tools for observing and coaching operating room teams, we evaluated the association between checklist performance with surgeon buy-in and 4 domains of surgical teamwork: clinical leadership, communication, coordination, and respect...
October 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
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