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The Commission is continuing its focus on reducing patient harm during the perioperative period by encouraging improved teamwork and communication across the operating theatre team.
3News featured a story on its Firstline show about the importance of using the surgical safety checklist.
This essay 'Do you work well with others? It depends on whom you ask' shows the results of a study on teamwork and communication undertaken at Vancouver's St Paul's Hospital.
Failures in communication and information transfer across the surgical care pathway: interview study
Changes in safety attitude and relationship to decreased postoperative morbidity and mortality following implementation of a checklist-based surgical safety intervention
Atul Gawande looks at how the role of doctors has changed over time and how checklists can be used to improve systems.
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Surgical Safety Checklist in 2009, and on the face of it, uptake has been impressive. Three large studies published in major journals all show substantial reductions in mortality and morbidity.
Health Quality & Safety Commission Chair, Professor Alan Merry, is interviewed on Radio New Zealand's Kim Hill show.
Results obtained from new studies by the World Health Organization have confirmed at least half a million deaths per year would be preventable with effective implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist worldwide.