Tackles the common and devastating complications of surgical infection by fostering teamwork to improve essential infection prevention processes - including effective Checklist use
Surgery has become an essential part of enabling human beings to live long and healthy lives. Yet surgical teams worldwide face significant challenges in ensuring safe patient care.
Improving operating room teamwork and communication has shown to dramatically improve surgical safety.
The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist is a communication tool that reduces preventable human errors by improving communication and teamwork in the operating room. It has shown to cut death rates nearly in half.
Yet truly engaging the team – from hospital leadership to surgeons, from nursing to sterilization processors – has shown to be one of the most challenging parts of effective Checklist implementation. Teamwork requires changing behavioral culture in the operating room and across professional lines.
Strengthening surgical teamwork is one of Lifebox’s core pillars of safer surgery and the Checklist is the bedrock of Lifebox’s safer surgery and anesthesia programs.