Benchmarking of World Health Organization surgical safety checklist.

Mesahel, Farouk M. A. and Al-Qahtani, Ali S. (2009) Benchmarking of World Health Organization surgical safety checklist. Saudi Medical Journal. pp. 422-425.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES To compare the quality of our services with the World Health Organization (WHO) surgical safety recommendations as a reference, to improve our services if they fall short of that of the WHO, and to publish our additional standards, so that they may be included in future revision of WHO checklist. METHODS We conducted this study on 15th July 2008 at the Armed Forces Hospital, Wadi Al-Dawasir, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We compared each WHO safety standard item with its corresponding standard in our checklist. There were 4 possibilities for the comparison: that our performance meet, was less than or exceeded the quality-of-care measures in the WHO checklist, or that there are additional safety measures in either checklist that need to be considered by each party. RESULTS Since its introduction in 1997, our checklist was applied to 11828 patients and resulted in error-free outcomes. Benchmarking proved that our surgical safety performance does not only match the standards of the WHO surgical safety checklist ,but also exceeds it in other safety areas (for example measures to prevent perioperative hypothermia and venous thromboembolism). CONCLUSIONS Benchmarking is a continuous quality improvement process aimed at providing the best available at the time in healthcare, and we recommend its adoption by healthcare providers. The WHO surgical safety checklist is a bold step in the right direction towards safer surgical outcomes. Feedback from other medical establishments should be encouraged.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine and Surgery
Divisions: College of Medicine > Medicine and Surgery
Depositing User: Dr.Ali Alqahtani
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 17:11
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 17:11
URI: http://eprints.kku.edu.sa/id/eprint/1853

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