An Observational Study to Improve the Surgical Safety Checklist Viability

Vanessa Estima, Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Victor Nunes, Daniel Pereira

Abstract

To improve safety, and to reduce the mortality and complication rates during surgeries, the World Health Organization developed the Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC). The SSC has been recently implemented in Portuguese hospitals and we have performed an observational study where several health professionals were observed during their normal surgical routine and interviewed. The objective of this study was to understand the current use of the SSC, and how it may be improved in terms of usability, taking advantage of current technological advancements. During two days, in a public health center in Portugal, a clinical team (surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses) was observed in 14 surgeries. Some observations disclose that several health professionals are not familiarized with the SSC guidelines, which demonstrates that it is urgent to change the mindset of health professionals, and that the addition of some features in the SSC may be necessary. With the results of the observational study, we have designed and developed a web application for the SSC with new functionalities to improve and aid the health professionals in its use.

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Estima V., Castro A., Gomes P., Nunes V. and Pereira D. (2015). An Observational Study to Improve the Surgical Safety Checklist Viability . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015) ISBN 978-989-758-068-0, pages 390-396. DOI: 10.5220/0005215303900396


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@conference{healthinf15,
author={Vanessa Estima and Ana Castro and Pedro Gomes and Victor Nunes and Daniel Pereira},
title={An Observational Study to Improve the Surgical Safety Checklist Viability},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015)},
year={2015},
pages={390-396},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005215303900396},
isbn={978-989-758-068-0},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015)
TI - An Observational Study to Improve the Surgical Safety Checklist Viability
SN - 978-989-758-068-0
AU - Estima V.
AU - Castro A.
AU - Gomes P.
AU - Nunes V.
AU - Pereira D.
PY - 2015
SP - 390
EP - 396
DO - 10.5220/0005215303900396