The introduction of a surgical safety checklist in a tertiary referral obstetric centre

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Kearns, R.J. ; Uppal, V. ; Bonner, J. ; Robertson, J. (2011)

Background: Surgery-related adverse events remain\ud a significant and often under-reported problem. In\ud a recent study, the introduction of a perioperative\ud checklist by the WHO reduced deaths and\ud complications by 46% and 36% respectively. The\ud authors wished to evaluate the introduction of\ud a surgical safety checklist in a busy obstetric tertiary\ud referral centre by assessing staff attitudes, checklist\ud compliance and effects upon patients.\ud Methods: A questionnaire-based assessment was\ud performed on staff working in obstetric theatres before\ud and after the introduction of the surgical safety\ud checklist. Checklist compliance was assessed at\ud 3 months and 1 year. Patients were asked questions\ud relating to the performance of the surgical safety\ud checklist in order to evaluate any anxiety caused.\ud Results: Non-medical staff were significantly more\ud likely than medical staff to feel familiar with other team\ud members both before (p<0.001) and after (p
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