At LHSC, patient safety is our priority and we strongly support the use of Surgical Safety Checklists as a tool to enhance communications and safety in the operating.
A surgical safety checklist is a communication tool to help the surgical team (i.e., surgeon, anaesthetist, nurse, etc.) discuss important details of a patient’s case at three key phases of the surgery:
- Before the patient is given anaesthesia (briefing phase)
- Before the operation is started (time out phase)
- Before the surgery is finished (debriefing phase)
Safety checks are used in every surgery at LHSC.
To view or download a copy of LHSC's checklist, click Surgical Safety Checklist
To learn more about checklists, click the Frequently Asked Questions page.
To view LHSC’s rates, click the Compliance Rates page