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Surgical Safety Checklist Compliance

What is a Surgical Safety Checklist?

Patient safety remains the most important priority for Mount Sinai Hospital and this involves ensuring a safe experience for patients who undergo surgery here. A surgical safety checklist is a patient safety communication tool that is used by a team of operating room professionals (nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and others) to discuss important details about each surgical case.

Surgical Safety Checklist Compliance

The surgical safety checklist (SSCL) is considered “performed” when the designated checklist coordinator confirms that surgical team members have implemented and/or addressed all of the necessary tasks and items in each of the three phases: Briefing, Time Out, and Debriefing. Therefore, the SSCL compliance indicator is a process measure, measuring the degree to which all three phases of the SSCL were performed correctly and appropriately for each surgical patient.

  Reporting Period
Jan. - Jun. 2015 Jul. - Dec. 2014 Jan. - Jun. 2014 Jul. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2013 Apr. 1 - Jun. 30, 2012 Jul. 1 - Dec. 31, 2010 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2011 Jul. 1 - Dec. 31, 2011
Percent Compliance 99.8% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99% 97.3% 99% 99%

We report Surgical Safety Checklist Compliance at Mount Sinai Hospital, as required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. We also actively monitor other related indicators that help us with our prevention efforts.

What else is Mount Sinai Hospital doing to improve patient safety?

  • Expanding the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program to ensure most appropriate use of antibiotics for serious bacterial infections
  • Implemented Electronic Medication Order Entry to help minimize the risk of medication errors 
  • Implemented electronic reporting and analysis of safety events that occur in the hospital
  • Implemented the provincial Just Clean Your Hands and The Four Moments program to promote proper hand hygiene practices