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Tuesday 17th June: RCSI endorses the World Health Organisation's Second Global Patient Safety Challenge

17 June 2008

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) endorsed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Second Global Patient Safety Challenge; Safe Surgery Saves Lives” at a launch hosted by the Health Information and Quality Authority in the College on Tuesday evening. Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, TD officially launched the 'Surgical Safety Checklist' at the event.

The initiative aims to introduce a Surgical Safety Checklist to ensure the entire surgical team has a common understanding of the procedure and risk and a thorough knowledge of the patient prior to any procedure taking place. This checklist could be compared to the pre and post flight checklists which have been used by pilots throughout the airline industry for many years.


Pictured at the launch of the WHO Second Global Patient Safety Challenge are l-r RCSI President, Prof. Frank Keane; HIQA CEO, Dr. Tracy Cooper; Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD; and Pauline Philip, Executive Secretary, Patient Safety, WHO

National organisations and associations including Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, College of Anaesthetists, Irish Hospital Consultants Association, Irish Medical Organisation, Irish Nurses Organisation and Patient Focus today endorsed the World Health Organization’s Second Global Patient Safety Challenge; Safe Surgery Saves Lives. Their signed letters of endorsement will be formally presented to the World Health Organization at the official launch in Washington later this month.

Speaking at the launch, RCSI President, Professor Frank Keane said “We are delighted to endorse this very worthwhile initiative. The College welcomes any measure that maximizes best practice in surgery and results in increased patient safety in the operating theatre. Safety in healthcare generally is very much a priority at RCSI and this initiative marks an important step for surgical care in Ireland.”


Dr Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority said “As the organisation set up to drive quality, safety and accountability in our health and social care services, patient safety is at the heart of what we do. This important initiative puts patient safety at the forefront of the surgical process and we are delighted to see it being embraced by so many organisations and associations. This can only lead to the surgical experience for patients being even safer for the future.”

Sheila O’Connor, Patient Focus said “We warmly welcome this initiative. This will have a significant impact on attitude and culture thereby improving patient safety from the outset.”

Ms Pauline Philip, Executive Secretary, Patient Safety, World Health Organization said “The vision of the World Health Organization is that one day that no patient will have an operation anywhere in the world without the "WHO Surgical Safety Checklist" being used.”


This initiative has been endorsed to date by:

Minister for Health and Children
Health Information and Quality Authority
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
An Bord Altranais
Aut Even Hospital
Blackrock Clinic
Bon Secours Health System
Bon Secours Hospital Cork
Bon Secours Hospital Glasnevin
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Children's University Hospital
Clinical Indemnity Scheme
Connolly Hospital
Galway Clinic
Galway University Hospitals -University College Hospital
Health Management Institute of Ireland
Health Service Executive
Hermitage Clinic
International Society for Quality in Healthcare
Irish Association for Emergency Medicine
Irish Association of Theatre Managers and Superintendents
Irish Association of Vascular Surgeons
Irish Higher Surgical Training Group
Irish Hospital Consultants Association
Irish Institute of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
Irish Medical Organisation
Irish Nurses Organisation
Irish Patients Association
Irish Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare
Mater Private Hospital
Operating Department Nurses Section INO
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Our Lady's Children's Hospital
Patient Focus
Rotunda Hospital
Royal College Of Physicians Ireland
Shanakiel Hospital
St. John's Hospital
St. Vincent's University Hospital
The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin Incorporating the National Children's
Hospital Department of Surgery
The College of Anaesthetists
VHI
Wexford General Hospital

For a copy of the guidelines, please click here