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  • Autori: Palumbo, V.; Di Trapani, B.; Tomasello, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Modern surgery is burdened by a huge amount of patient to be treated and an increasingly complex number of procedures which request planned action and shared behaviours, aimed to prevent perioperative accidents and favour good surgical outcomes. Surgical and anaesthetic safety has improved significantly in last few decades. However, the operating room environment continues to have significant safety risks for patients as well as the health care providers who work there. Adverse events may result from problems in practice, products, procedures or systems. The worldwide incidence of surgical site infection, one of the most important and frequent post-operative complication, ranges from 3% to 16%, with a mortality rate ranging from 0.4% to 0.8%; in these studies, about 50% of cases were considered preventable (1-9). Patients safety improvements demand a complex system-wide effort, involving a wide range of actions in performance improvement, environmental safety and risk management, including infection control, safe use of medicines, equipment safety, safe clinical practice and safe environment of care. Just as public health interventions and educational projects have dramatically improved maternal and neonatal survival, analogous efforts might improve surgical safety and quality of care (10). According to these objectives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published and diffused the international “Guidelines for Safe Surgery” (11). The guidelines have the clear proposal to 61ameliorate the safety of surgical interventions; they define and promote recommendation and safety standards suitable for the different Countries and operative settings, suggesting a new deal in managing pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative processes. On the base of these recommendations, the WHO has also developed a checklist for the safety in the operating room, in order to prevent avoidable adverse events, thus minimizing unnecessary loss of life and serious complications. The results raised from a multicentre study carried out in eight different Countries, demonstrating the effectiveness of the WHO checklist in terms of better patient safety, reduction of deaths and post-operative complications (12). The objectives of this international effort are resumable as follow: 1. the patient must be correctly positioned on the surgical bed and prepared; 2. the surgery team must operate on the correct patient at the correct site; 3. blood loss and risk for surgical site infection must be minimized; 4. inadvertent retention of instruments and sponges in surgical site must be prevented; 5. during surgery, anaesthesiologists must prevent harm from the administration of anaesthetics, while protecting the patient from pain; 6. anaesthesiologists must manage patient’s airways and respiratory function, in order to avoid life-threatening complications; 7. the team should consider patient’s allergies or intolerances in order to prevent an allergic or adverse drug reaction; 8. at the end of intervention, the surgical team must secure and accurately identify all surgical specimens, while the anaesthesiologists will guarantee a correct patient awakening; 9. all the members of the team will effectively communicate and exchange critical information for the safe conduct of the operation; 10. post-operative thromboembolism must be prevented adopting the right measures; 11. each member of the team is responsible for his own clinical documentation; 12. hospitals and public health systems will establish routine surveillance of surgical capacity, volume and results. On March 2013, the American Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) published the Making Health Care Safer II report, which confirmed the effectiveness of WHO checklist and considered it as one of the 10 strongest recommended practices health care organizations should immediately apply to improve patient safety (13). After t