Implementation of the surgical safety checklist in Switzerland and perceptions of its benefits: Cross-sectional survey

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Objectives: To examine the implementation of the Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) among surgeons and anaesthetists working in Swiss hospitals and clinics and their perceptions of the SSC. Methods: Cross-sectional survey at the 97 th Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Surgery, Switzerland, 2010. Opinions of the SSC were assessed with a 6-item questionnaire. Results: 152 respondents answered the questionnaire (participation rate 35.1%). 64.7% respondents acknowledged having a checklist in their hospital or their clinic. Median implementation year was 2009. More than 8 out of 10 respondents reported their team applied the Sign In and the Time Out very often or quasi systematically, whereas almost half of respondents acknowledged the Sign Out was applied never or rarely. The majority of respondents agreed that the checklist improves safety and team communication, and helps to develop a safety culture. However, they were less supportive about the opinion that the checklist facilitates teamwork and eliminates social hierarchy between caregivers. Conclusions: This survey indicates that the SSC has been largely implemented in many Swiss hospitals and clinics. Both surgeons and anaesthetists perceived the SSC as a valuable tool in improving intraoperative patient safety and communication among health care professionals, with lesser importance in facilitating teamwork (and eliminating hierarchical categories). © 2014 Cullati et al.

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Cullati, S., Licker, M. J., Francis, P., Degiorgi, A., Bezzola, P., Courvoisier, D. S., & Chopard, P. (2014). Implementation of the surgical safety checklist in Switzerland and perceptions of its benefits: Cross-sectional survey. PLoS ONE, 9(7). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0101915

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