Safety Checks in Surgery

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Safety checks in surgery Introduction Surgery complications and adverse events resulting from procedures done on the wrong site or patient are a significant patient safety concern. The World Health Organization initiated a surgical checklist to be used as a basis for all surgical procedures within the hospital in 2008. The checklist is intended to reduce the number of deaths resulting from surgical procedures across the world (The World Health Organization, 2008a). This initiative was intended to harness clinical will in addressing vital safety issues like poor communication, surgical infection, and inadequate anesthetic safety practices. These safety issues had proven to be deadly, preventable, and common in all countries. The checklist was developed in consultation with nurses, surgeons, patient safety experts, patients, and anesthesiologists around the world. The WHO checklist is not a component of official policy or regulatory device, but it is intended to be used as a tool for clinicians who want to improve their operations safety and reduce unnecessary surgical complications and deaths (Reynolds & Stevenson, 2009). The checklist developed by the WHO is not comprehensive. WHO encourages modifications and additions in order for it to fit the local practice. The surgical checklist will assist any organization to formulate a surgical policy, which will ensure that the surgical team is certain of the procedures, site, and patient before the surgery begins. Making use of
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