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Surgical Safety Checklist

Cornwall Community Hospital rolls out their surgical safety checklist

The Surgical Safety Checklist, announced by the government in September 2009, is the latest tool to further the goal of patient safety. The checklist is very similar to an airline checklist that pilots use in the cockpit prior to takeoff. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist was created and implemented in the Operating Room at CCH since January 2010.

The checklist helps to reduce avoidable errors and complications by ensuring that the team shares critical information for every single patient having surgery even though CCH has previously had an excellent record.

Using a surgical safety checklist ensures patients pre operatively that the OR team is prepared for cases in advance of surgery and the right patient, right equipment , and right materials/resources are available at all the right times.