Safe Surgery Saves Lives Checklist a first-in-Canada

    'Checklist addresses important safety issues during surgery'

    EDMONTON, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Half of all adverse events (harm) in Canadian
hospitals occur during or after surgery, as reported in the Canadian Adverse
Events Study released in 2004.
    In an effort to reduce this harm from occurring, the Canadian Patient
Safety Institute (CPSI) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada, in collaboration with 15 in-country organizations are leading the
Canadian adaptation of the World Health Organization's World Alliance for
Patient Safety - Safe Surgery Saves Lives Campaign.
    Through the development and implementation of a Checklist, the goal is to
reduce complications and death associated with surgical procedures in Canada.
The first part of the Checklist occurs before anesthesia is administered, the
second before the skin incision, and the third before the patient leaves the
Operating Room. Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, is one of
eight global pilot sites and the first hospital in Canada to implement the
Safe Surgery Saves Lives Checklist.
    "I am pleased to announce the Checklist is now available for use in
healthcare organizations across Canada and can be downloaded from," said Philip Hassen, CEO, Canadian Patient
Safety Institute. "We will facilitate and promote the use of the Checklist
across Canada."
    The overall strategy is building on work that is already being done in
healthcare organizations across Canada.
    "The Royal College's Council endorses this important initiative,
recognizing that this practical tool contributes to promoting patient safety
in our healthcare system," said President Dr. William Fitzgerald, The Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. "We are encouraging our members
to adopt the Safe Surgery Saves Lives Checklist into their everyday practice.
It is a tool that promotes communication, one of the critical factors in
preventing adverse events."
    For more information on the Checklist visit

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Cecilia
Bloxom, Director of Communications, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Phone
(780) 700-8642; Karen McCarthy, Director of Communications and External
Relations, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Cell Phone
(613) 668-6465

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