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Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC)

The surgical safety checklist (SSC) is a one page list of 26 of the most common tasks and items that operating room teams carry out to ensure patient safety.

Major areas of evaluation within the checklist include:

1. Briefing– Before induction of anaesthesia
2. Time out– Before skin incision
3. Debriefing – Before patient leaves the operating room

The Ministry of Health has identified the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Surgical Safety Checklist as the checklist to be adopted by all hospitals. Originally developed as a tool to support patient care though professional preparation and teamwork, the consistent use of this checklist has been shown to reduce the rates of death and complications associated with surgical care.

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance's surgical safety checklist compliance rates are outlined below:

Clinton Public Hospital

  Fiscal Year   SSC Compliance Rate   
  2013/2014   99.8%
  2014/2015   90.7%
  2015/2016   100%
  2016/2017   100%
  2017/2018       100%
  2018/2019        98.8%

Stratford General Hospital

  Fiscal Year   SSC Compliance Rate   
  2013/2014   100%
  2014/2015   99.8%
  2015/2016   99.7%
  2016/2017   100%
  2017/2018       100%
  2018/2019    98.7%