Safer surgery was the focus last week with the launch of a new safer surgery checklist created by our surgeons. The checklist formalises the pre and post-surgery checks that the theatre teams follow on every patient and for every procedure.
Our theatres have followed the WHO 5-step checklist since it was created, but in order to take every precaution possible before the first incision, we’ve introduced an extra step. The sixth step is an extra surgical pause after draping but before the surgeon starts the procedure.
Sam Khemani, ENT surgeon explains: “We drape after performing the ‘Time Out’. The extra pause we’ve introduced ensures the whole team stop for a moment, and together they confirm the correct site and procedure. This prevents there being any delay or distraction between us confirming we have the right patient for the correct operation, and knife to skin.”
We are introducing Safer Surgery Checklist boards in all our theatres. The board prompts the team to introduce themselves – giving everyone a voice so they are confident to speak up during the procedure if they have any concerns. Theatres Matron, Susan Carr explains the process of embedding the new step in the theatres. “The checklist is centred around the message ‘ no paws on the patient until correct site and procedure confirmed’. The paw image represents a hand being held up to say ‘stop’ for a moment.”
The Trust has 100 per cent record of using the WHO checklist. The new boards will be installed in the four new theatres bring built at East Surrey hospital – some of the first in the country that will have laminar flow ventilation system. The new state-of-the-art theatres are due to open in November.
View a summary of our training film here:
For more information contact:
Dr Barbara Bray, Chief of Surgery
T: 01737 768511 Ext 6753 bleep 426