World Health Organisation (WHO) report says that five patients die every minute due to unsafe care globally which also includes surgical errors.

New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) report says that five patients die every minute due to unsafe care globally which also includes surgical errors.

Lok Nayak Hospital in capital on the occasion of World Patient Safety Day has come with a surgical safety checklist to reduce the risks of errors during a surgery.

The hospital’s medical director, Dr Kishore Singh, issued orders to all surgical departments to conduct workshops for its orientation. “The checklist will be mandatory from November 1, 2019, after which no surgery — elective and emergency — related file will be accepted in the records without a completed and signed checklist,” the order said. It added that every department must appoint an officer in-charge for the same.

Dr Lovenish Bains, assistant professor in the department of surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College, said the draft list had been prepared using WHO guidelines under the guidance of the head of surgery, Dr Pawanindra Lal. “Till now, we had an informal handwritten checklist. The nurses, anaesthetists and the surgeons, for example, had their own checklists. But the new list is a comprehensive and single-page document that has to be filled by all,” he said.

The surgical safety list of the Lok Nayak hospital, which conducts over 100 major and minor surgeries daily, has four key components — steps followed in the pre-operative area in the operation theatre, before induction of anaesthesia, before skin incision and before the patient leaves the operating room. It calls for correct identification of the patient, procedure and procedure site, consents required, critical or unexpected steps of surgery, anticipated blood loss and the counting of sponge, sharps and instruments, specimen identification, among others.




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