Best of the Call Series
Welcome to the Safe Surgery 2015: South Carolina Best of the Call Series homepage. This is a collection of video shorts taken from our webinar series that walk you through the essential steps of putting the checklist into place and how to overcome barriers that you may face with this work.
Safe Surgery 2015: South Carolina Checklist Template
The Best of the Call Series is organized into 7 categories to guide you through this process, please follow the links below to begin:
1 - Checklist Background - Before you start to work on the checklist it is important to know the checklist background and the evidence that is behind this tool. These materials will prepare you to start working on this project.
2 - Critical Preparation - Before you start spreading the checklist in your operating rooms it is essential to prepare for this project and to think about issues that you might face when you start doing this work. The following materials will walk you through building a checklist implementation team to lead this project, assessing current safety practices in your operating rooms, measuring checklist impact, the checklist as a documentation tool, malpractice concerns, and engaging executive leadership in this work.
3 - Checklist Modification and Customization - Modifying the checklist is essential to ensuring that the checklist meets the needs of an individual hospital. We recommend that every hospital modify the checklist in some way, even if it is just putting your hospital’s logo on it. The following documents will guide you through this process and provide you with the information that you will need to modify the checklist to meet your unique needs.
4 - Testing the Checklist - We recommend testing the checklist before you use it in an operating room with a patient. The following materials will walk you through the essential steps of testing the checklist from testing the checklist with a “Table-Top Simulation” to using it in the OR for the first time.
5 - Engaging Surgical Team Members in This Work - In order to achieve an effective checklist implementation it is essential to talk to everybody that will be touched by the checklist. Every person needs to know what the checklist is, why it is important for them to use it, and how the checklist should be used before they use it for the first time. We recommend that checklist implementation teams have one-on-one conversations with as many people as they can. Make every effort to ensure that everybody knows about the checklist before you ask them to use the checklist in the OR. We believe that this is one of the most important things that you can do when putting something like the checklist into place. The following resources will walk you through engaging your colleagues with one-on-one conversation and re-purposing meetings.
6 - Implementation Planning - Planning the expansion of the checklist is critical. We recommend that you and your checklist implementation team discuss how to best expand the use of the checklist. Always remember to start where it is easy and where you have the most buy-in. The following materials will walk you through planning the checklist roll-out from what to think about to advertising the checklist at your hospital.
7 - Sustaining Checklist Use - Congratulations, you have put the checklist into your operating rooms. Ensuring that the checklist is used appropriately over time is challenging. The following materials will provide you with an overview of some ways to ensure that checklist use is sustained in your operating rooms over time.