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Surgical procedures are increasingly complex aspects of health services and carry a significant risk of potentially avoidable harm. Surgical Safety Checklists play an important role in improving the safety of surgical procedures. They can reduce the likelihood of complications following surgery and often improve surgical outcomes.

A Surgical Safety Checklist is used to initiate, guide, and formalize communication among the team members conducting a surgical procedure and to integrate these steps into surgical workflow.

The checklist has three phases:

  1. Briefing – before the induction of anesthesia
  2. Time out – before skin incision
  3. Debriefing – before the patient leaves the operating room

Position Statement

A Surgical Safety Checklist is smart for patients and smart for providers. It's use in Canadian healthcare facilities is endorsed by a Position Statement supported by many surgical interest groups.

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