AZ Gezondheidszorg Oostkust, Belgium
|Originally developed by:||AZ Gezondheidszorg Oostkust, Project Team Safe Surgery|
|Country of origin:||Belgium|
|Year of development:||2009|
|Next update:||If necessary, yearly?|
|Available in the following languages:||Dutch|
|Reason for not fulfilling the requirements:||Not available in English|
Type of tool: tool for reminding staff in the workplace
Dutch version of the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist
Operation theatre personnel (anaesthesiologists, surgeons, operation nurses)
Applicability (setting e.g. inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care etc.)
All surgery patients
Information on how the tool has been applied/tested in practice
Started with procedures of 3 surgeons, step by step (plastic surgery, abdominal surgery, urology). 1,5 years later expanded to all procedures of all surgeons. Monthly compliance measurement through check of patient files after discharge.
Needed resources (financial, material, human)
Posters, information sessions, time for convincing doctors, printing paper checklists, reforming the patient’s operation file to embed the SSC.
Needed time for implementation
Tool is compulsory for every surgical procedure, but still not used by every surgeon in every procedure. The implementation is still not completed.
Strengths and limitations
Strengths: Simple, easy, quick to do.
Limitations: Checklists are not embedded in the culture of surgeons, the 3 ‘time-outs’ are no sharp moments during the whole procedure from installing the patient to transporting the patient to the recovery room.
Belgian Federal Government, Healthcare Administration: SSC Implementation Checklist (M Haelterman, H Peleman)