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Hip With the Times - July 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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What Good Are Surgical Safety Checklists? They're effective only if your team uses them — and uses them properly. P re-surgical checklists are only as effective as the team using them. To reap the safety benefits, you've got to use your check- list right. Otherwise, it's just one more burden- some task for your surgical team to complete. Follow these 5 tips to ensure your team capitalizes on the tool designed to prevent the communication breakdowns that contribute to most preventable adverse events in surgery. Form active leadership. Rely on team facilitators to imple- ment checklists and conduct ongoing quality improvement programs designed to enhance the tool based on your staff's spe- cific needs. Recruit surgeons and anesthesiologists in order to support use of the checklist and break down the hierarchy in the OR. The checklist is designed to improve multidisciplinary com- munication, which should start in the planning phase. During that time, staff facilitators can help colleagues understand that use of a checklist alone won't ensure patient safety and that the tool is not a checkbox activity completed mindlessly — it's essential that you verify each item as a team. 1 1 5 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 1 7 Safety Vanessa Lyons, PhD, RN, CNOR • CONVERSATION STARTER A surgical safety checklist can be a great tool for improving patient safety, but it's not worth the paper it's printed on unless you use it properly. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

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