Surgical Safety Checklist Rate
Patient safety remains the most important priority for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, and
this involves ensuring a safe experience for patients who undergo surgery here. One tool we
use to help ensure a positive patient care experience before, during and after surgery is the
surgical safety checklist (SSC).
What is a surgical safety checklist?
The surgical safety checklist is a patient safety communication tool. It is used by the
operating room team (surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and others) to discuss important
details about each surgical case. In many ways, it is similar to the checklist an airline pilot
uses just before take-off. The SSC is a final check prior to surgery used to make sure
everyone has the important medical information they need about the patient, all equipment
is available and in working order, and everyone is ready to start.
See the next page for an example of Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital’s surgical safety
How is the surgical safety checklist rate calculated?
The surgical safety checklist compliance rate is calculated using this formula:
# of times all 3 phases of the checklist were performed
# surgeries performed
Our most recent results are:
Time Frame: Apr to Jun, 2010 Jul to Sept, 2010 Oct to Dec, 2010 Jan to Mar, 2011
Compliance Rate: 99.9% 99.8%
If you undergo surgery at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital today, you can expect
that the surgical safety checklist will be used as part of your procedure.
Whether you are admitted and discharged on the same day for surgery or remain in hospital
for several days to recover, your JBMH surgical team will provide you with safe and
compassionate care. We are proud of what we do, and we’re committed to continuous
improvement of the quality and safety of the care we provide. Our surgical safety
compliance rate is evidence of our success!