BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

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What Would I Want For My Surgery?

There has recently been a lot of focus on an article released by the New England Journal Medicine regarding the effectiveness of the Surgical Safety Checklist. The article was based on a study in Ontario which found that the checklist did not have an impact on patient outcomes such as mortality.

Soon after the article was published, we heard from numerous colleagues who supported and refuted its conclusions. Ultimately we believe that the checklist’s worth is well beyond its role as a surgical tool; it can contribute to an environment where an inclusive and open culture drives patient safety.

We also hope that an active discussion and debate can inspire people to address the complexities highlighted by this debate. That’s why we have created a collective response from a number of key surgical stakeholders in BC.