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Hip With the Times - July 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Train and discuss. It has been reported that some surgical professionals view checklist implementation as the responsi- bility of individual surgeons or nurses. That's why it's important to involve the entire team, together, when you teach about the prop- er use of checklists. Interdisciplinary training encourages the development of mutual respect and collaboration that are required for successful checklist use. It also lets team members practice communicating with their colleagues and address their concerns in an encouraging environment. Training should include education on why the surgical safety checklist was originally developed, evidence that supports its use and the specific benefits it provides to patient safety. Simulate the checklist's use during various clinical scenarios. Have staff discuss how the checklist can be optimized during each drill and ask them to suggest sce- narios based on their real-world experiences. Customize the design. Make sure the checklist contents and layout meet the specific needs of your facility. It should be based on feedback from your surgical team and the types of pro- cedures you host. Involving staff in the design of the checklist increases the likelihood that they'll use the tool in a meaningful way. Design the checklist based on your current safety protocols instead of ideal practices, because aligning the tool with how your staff actually works increases the likelihood that they'll use it properly. To improve compliance, the checklist should be visible to the entire surgical team, not read off a piece of paper by a sin- gle staff member. Incorporating the checklist into electronic med- ical records can prompt and guide the surgical team through the process and reduce their reliance on rote memory. Implement quality improvement. Documentation audits may result in a false sense of security and accuracy of 3 2 4 J U L Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 5 1

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