Staff from the anaesthetic department have been out and about in ward areas and theatres across Tayside promoting Theatre Safety 2 Day.
Theatre Safety 2 Day aimed to raise awareness of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, the Patient Theatre Ticket and the latest patient fasting guidance.
A public information stand was set up on the main concourse at Ninewells to enable members of the public to hear the latest information on the safety developments in the patient’s surgical journey.
Nurse Director Gillian Costello and non-executives Trudy McLeay and Lorna Birse-Stewart joined staff from the anaesthetic department and theatres at the information stand. They were also invited to join the safety visit to the wards and theatres suite at Ninewells.
Staff also held information events and visited theatre areas and surgical wards at PRI and Stracathro to promote Theatre Safety 2 Day.
Consultant anaesthetist Sharon Christie said, “Theatre Safety 2 Day was a celebration of the many positive safety changes that have been made across NHS Tayside. This has resulted from the commitment to safety and team working across all of the surgical sites that ensures patients have safe, high quality care.
“Patient Theatre Ticket was launched across NHS Tayside in 2014. It is completed by patients before they go to theatre and has improved patient safety and person centred care by involving patients directly in this important checklist.
“Patients provide valuable information about preferences such as what they would like to be called (there is evidence that patients respond more quickly when waking up from general anaesthetic if spoken to by their preferred first name), any allergies or implants that they are aware of, when they last ate and drank, medications they have taken that morning, stating if they have a friend or relative they would like to walk with them to theatre reception area, and any questions they still have for the surgical team.
“Nursing staff complete the second part of the theatre ticket which has important safety information that the theatre team need to know.
“Compliance with accurately completing the ticket is now 98% and there are key parts that must be signed off such as consent and surgical site marking before the ticket can be finally signed and the patient able to come to theatre.
“The theatre ticket takes less than five minutes to be completed by nursing staff which has increased efficiency and reduced time spent on paperwork, which is vital to theatre efficiency whilst retaining all the key safety elements the team require.
“Since the Theatre Safety week in 2014 compliance with the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist has gone from less than 15% to 92% compliance with the Sign In, 100% compliance with the Surgical Pause and 98% compliance with Sign Out.
“This has reduced the number of adverse events significantly with a marked reduction in events related to failure of the Sign In process particularly over the past two years. Safety 2 Day launched two further safety checks to the Surgical Pause and Sign Out to continue to improve our safety culture in theatres.”