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Building on the government’s patient safety indicator initiative, The Ottawa Hospital is reporting on its surgical safety checklist compliance.

The surgical safety checklist covers the most common tasks and items that operating room teams carry out, and has been shown to reduce rates of death and complications among patients. It is a one-page list of items that surgical teams must discuss at three key times:

  1. Before the patient is given anesthesia with all team members present.
  2. Before skin incision.
  3. While all team members are present before closing the patient.

The Ottawa Hospital has been performing surgical safety checklists since 2005, but has been using the formal list being mandated by the province since June 2009. By implementing the new surgical safety checklist, The Ottawa Hospital will improve overall patient safety, teamwork and communication, and elevate surgical teams to an even higher standard of performance.

The dedicated health professionals who work at The Ottawa Hospital are committed to providing the best possible care to patients, and they believe that a public reporting regime will inspire improved performance, enhance patient safety and strengthen the public’s confidence.

Surgical Safety Checklists Public Reporting

Ongoing monitoring and support of the surgical safety checklist process is essential to ensuring proper adherence. All Ontario hospitals that perform surgeries are required to report on their use of the surgical safety checklist to the Ontario government, and to the public.

Surgical Safety Checklist (SSCL): Number of times the SSCL was completed for patients going to the Operating Room.

Surgical Safety Checklist (SSCL): Number of times the SSCL was completed for patients going to the Operating Room
Civic Campus General Campus Riverside Campus
2018/2019 Number of Cases SSCL Completed Percentage Number of Cases SSCL Completed Percentage Number of Cases SSCL Completed Percentage
Q1 – Apr to June 2,855 2,846 99.7% 3,953 3,949 99.9% 4,308 4,308 100.0%
Q2 – July to Sept 2,525 2,513 99.5% 3,398 3,395 99.9% 3,301 3,301 100.0%
Q3 – Oct to Dec 2,817 2,809 99.7% 3,939 3,930 99.8% 4,228 4,228 100.0%
Q4 – Jan to Mar 2,278 2,788 99.6% 15,145 15,122 99.8% 15,870 15,870 100%
YTD 10,995 10,956 99.6% 15,145 15,122 99.8% 15,870 15,870 100.0%

Note: Excludes Cystoscopies