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The safer surgical checklist

16 Nov 2022
Theatre 3
Working Better

This session considers the current challenges facing all operating theatre staff post pandemic, recognising how human factors may influence the delivery of the surgical safety checklist and discusses whether Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (LocSSIPs) are making a difference in terms of the number of intra-operative never events being reported.

The surgical safety checklist is a credible tool that can lead to no patient harm if used correctly and in combination with LocSSIPs. The new work on LocSSIPs 2 needs to go further to address human factors in the operating theatre. However, a cultural change is needed from the top, time and regular training is needed, similar to the Crew Resource Management that was introduced into the airline industry, as there are similar attitudes present in today’s operating theatres.

Nigel Roberts, Theatre Lead - University hospitals of Derby and Burton

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