Attitudes towards the Surgical Safety Checklist and its Use in New Zealand Operating Theatres
The Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative was established by the World Alliance for Patient Safety as part of the World Health Organization’s efforts to reduce the number of surgical deaths across the world. The surgical safety checklist intended to give surgical teams a simple, efficient set of priority checks for ensuring patient safety and facilitating team work and communications in every operation performed. The checklist was launched in New Zealand in August 2009.
The Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand commissioned Litmus to undertake a study with theatre personnel to explore attitudes towards the checklist and how it is used in a range of hospitals in New Zealand.