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Hip With the Times - July 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Safety S 1 5 2 • 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 Understanding why your staff refuses to use sur- gical safety check- lists will help you address their con- cerns and increase compliance. Check out these common reasons for the lack of widespread use of checklists and zero in on correcting the ones that you've seen in your facility. • Staff resistance. This is the No. 1 barrier to overcome. Your staff might not understand why the checklist was developed and, because it appears to be a basic tool, might incorrectly assume that little training is needed to master its use. Surgical team members who don't buy into the training that's needed to opti- mize the checklist will be unfamiliar with how to execute it prop- erly and consistently. • Lack of buy-in. Staff members who aren't involved in planning for the implementation of the checklist won't have a sense of ownership in ensuring a successful rollout. Without staff buy-in, team members may use the checklist as a simple checkbox task, instead of as a useful communication guide. • Redundancy. Staff will likely hesitate to use checklists that require nurses and anesthesia providers to verify the same thing, Reasons for Checklist Pushback • CULTURE OF ARROGANCE Those who resist using a safety checklist might complain about the length of the checklist or argue that everyone is highly trained and doesn't need a checklist to aid them in their work. UNDERLYING ISSUES

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