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WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery: specialty-related aspects of check items.
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PMID:  23039247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Conclusion: The WHO surgical checklist is well suited to otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery (ORL-HNS) and the users are satisfied with its content. Objectives: Use of the checklist will improve safety in operating rooms (ORs). The checklist has been taken into use in ORL-HNS, and preliminary experiences are promising. However, the checklist must be specific to the specialty in which it is used. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of the check items for ORL-HNS operations, with special reference to outpatient surgery. Methods: The questionnaire study for the OR personnel was conducted at a tertiary academic hospital. Every item on the WHO checklist was evaluated and responders could provide freehand comments on the subject. Results: In all, 101 responses were received from OR staff; the response rate was 95.3%. The users were mainly satisfied with the checklist's content for ORL-HNS operations. Mean scores of the importance of check items varied from 4.08 to 4.89 on a five-point scale. The item 'Allergy' had the highest score and 'Team members introduced' the lowest. A need to modify the checklist for in-hospital patients did not emerge. However, a more compact checklist for outpatient surgery carried out under local anaesthesia was suggested.
Päivi Helmiö; Annika Takala; Leena-Maija Aaltonen; Karin Blomgren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta oto-laryngologica     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1651-2251     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Otolaryngol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370354     Medline TA:  Acta Otolaryngol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Surgery, Turku University Hospital , Turku.
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