The adaption and implementation of the WHO surgical safety checklist for dental procedures

Wright, S, Ucer, TC and Crofts, G 2018, 'The adaption and implementation of the WHO surgical safety checklist for dental procedures' , British Dental Journal, 225 , pp. 727-729.

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study is to systematically adapt the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist for use in dentistry.

Study design: Expert consensus panel.

Setting, materials and methods: Using the 'WHO adaptation guidance', the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist was assessed and adapted by an expert panel using the Delphi technique. The newly developed checklist was piloted on a sample of 40 patients who were referred for the placement of dental implants at an implant referral centre.

Results: The WHO Dental Safe Surgery Checklist was developed.

Conclusions: This study presents an adaptation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist for use in dentistry. The whole practice team needs to be trained on the use of the WHO checklist (as per the WHO implementation guidelines). It needs systematic implementation, for every episode of dental surgery including dental extractions, minor oral surgery (MOS) and implant surgery, as part of a culture that is centred around patient safety. If appropriately implemented, this checklist could be a valuable safety barrier to mitigate the potential consequences of human error.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Dental Journal
Publisher: Springer Nature
ISSN: 1476-5373
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 15:48
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 15:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48845

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