WHAT IS A SURGICAL SAFETY CHECKLIST?

The surgical safety checklist is a standardized tool that is used by a team of operating room professionals (nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and others) to discuss important details about each surgical patient. The surgical safety checklist has three phases, before, during and after surgery and contains 26 tasks and checks that the Operating Room team carries out to ensure patient safety.

WHAT IS BEING MEASURED? 

The Surgical Safety Checklist Compliance rate is the percentage of surgeries for which the surgical safety checklist was performed. 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? 

Safe and effective care is a top priority to ensure positive outcomes for patients at Temiskaming Hospital. Use of the Surgical Safety Checklist has been shown to reduce the rates of death and complications associated with having surgery and improve communication between members of the surgical team in the operating room.

WHAT IS THE TARGET? 

Temiskaming Hospital aims to remain at or above the provincial rate. The provincial rate is 99.28% (July 1 to December 30, 2015).

HOW ARE WE DOING? 

Temiskaming Hospital has demonstrated compliance rates that are better than the provincial rate.

 

Reporting Period Compliance Rate
July-December, 2016 100%
January-June, 2016 100%
July-December, 2015 100%
January-June, 2015 100%
July-December, 2014 100%
January-June, 2014 100%
July-December, 2013 100%

 

To learn more about the Surgical Safety Checklist, please visit Health Quality Ontario www.hqo.com.