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What is a Surgical Safety Check-list?

The checkThecheck-list is listis a communication tool used by the operating room team to discuss information at three important phases during your surgery.

  • The Briefing Phase - this occurs before the anaesthetist theanaesthetist provides any type of sedation or before staff prepare staffprepare the patient for the procedure.
  • The Time Out Phase- Just before the start of a procedure.
  • The Debriefing Phase -While or just after surgery is finished. 

The check-list is useful because it formally organizes all the previous safety checks performed by the surgical team in those phases. It is shown that better communication between team members lead to safer surgeries and better patient outcomes.

At WGH patient safety is a priority and we strongly support the use of surgical safety check-lists as a tool to enhance communications and safety in the operating room.

Safety Check-list ( PDF )

WGH Compliance Rates   

2014

  2017

MonthRate
January100%
February100%
 March 99.8%
April  99.8%
May  100%
June  100%
July  100%
August  100%
September  95.8%
October  100%
November  100%
December  100%

  2015

MonthRate
January99.7%
February100%
March100%
April100%
May  100%
June 
 100%
100%
July 
 99.8%
100%
August 
 100%
99.8%
September 
 99.8%
100%
October 
 99.8%
100% 
November 
 99.9%
100% 
December 
 100%
 

  2016

MonthRate
January100%
February100%
March100%
April100%
May  100%
June 100%
July 100%
August 100%
September 100%
October 100% 
November 100% 
December 100% 
2017
January100%
February100%
March 
April 
May 
June 
July 
August 
September  
October  
November  
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