Surgical Safety Checklist

To provide the safest care to our patients and comply with hospital policy during their work here, all of our surgical and anaesthetic registrars and nurses need to ensure the Surgical Safety Checklist is performed prior to every procedure in the operating room at the Canberra Hospital.

While it is the safety checks themselves that enhance patient safety; the form is valuable as a prompt to ensure staff discuss and address all safety criteria, as well as providing a record that the checks have occurred.

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The video below reflects local policies and procedures, and includes local clinical leaders to engage staff and promote our patient safety culture.

The ACT Health Quality and Safety Branch and Perioperative Services at the Canberra Hospital have collaborated to make a Surgical Safety Checklist video as a quick and effective way to communicate local safety requirements and demonstrate the practice required for operating room staff.

The requirement to perform the Surgical Safety Checklist, as a best practice patient safety initiative endorsed by Australian Health Ministers, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the College of Anaesthetists was implemented at the Canberra Hospital on 1 February 2011.

The Surgical Safety Checklist was developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to improve surgical safety and reduce mortality rates and surgical complications.