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Authors: Vanessa Estima 1 ; Ana Castro 2 ; Pedro Gomes 3 ; Victor Nunes 4 and Daniel Pereira 5

Affiliations: 1 Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Portugal ; 2 Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal ; 3 Universidade do Porto, Portugal ; 4 Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Portugal ; 5 Universidade do Porto and Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal

ISBN: 978-989-758-068-0

Keyword(s): Surgical Safety Checklist, Evaluation and use of Healthcare IT, Electronic Health Records and Standards, e-Health.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Biomedical Engineering ; Cloud Computing ; e-Health ; Electronic Health Records and Standards ; Evaluation and Use of Healthcare IT ; Health Information Systems ; Platforms and Applications

Abstract: To improve safety, and to reduce the mortality and complication rates during surgeries, the World Health Organization developed the Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC). The SSC has been recently implemented in Portuguese hospitals and we have performed an observational study where several health professionals were observed during their normal surgical routine and interviewed. The objective of this study was to understand the current use of the SSC, and how it may be improved in terms of usability, taking advantage of current technological advancements. During two days, in a public health center in Portugal, a clinical team (surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses) was observed in 14 surgeries. Some observations disclose that several health professionals are not familiarized with the SSC guidelines, which demonstrates that it is urgent to change the mindset of health professionals, and that the addition of some features in the SSC may be necessary. With the results of the observational stud y, we have designed and developed a web application for the SSC with new functionalities to improve and aid the health professionals in its use. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Estima, V.; Castro, A.; Gomes, P.; Nunes, V. and Pereira, D. (2015). An Observational Study to Improve the Surgical Safety Checklist Viability.In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015) ISBN 978-989-758-068-0, pages 390-396. DOI: 10.5220/0005215303900396

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title={An Observational Study to Improve the Surgical Safety Checklist Viability},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015)},
year={2015},
pages={390-396},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005215303900396},
isbn={978-989-758-068-0},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2015)
TI - An Observational Study to Improve the Surgical Safety Checklist Viability
SN - 978-989-758-068-0
AU - Estima, V.
AU - Castro, A.
AU - Gomes, P.
AU - Nunes, V.
AU - Pereira, D.
PY - 2015
SP - 390
EP - 396
DO - 10.5220/0005215303900396

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