February 14, 2018

Decreasing intraop delays with surgical safety checklist

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

Purposeful completion (fidelity) of, more than adherence to, items in the surgical safety checklist diminished intraoperative delays in this study.

Of 591 cases analyzed, 110 (19%) had at least one documented intraoperative delay. The majority were related to missing (50%) or malfunctioning (30%) equipment.

Degree of fidelity was different between cases with and without delays (77.1% vs 80.5%), but degree of adherence  was not (96.3% vs 95.6%).



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