The group-wide concept “Safe Surgery Saves Lives” has been in place since 2009. It aims to eliminate patient misidentification as a result of the different process structures at the individual clinics. Checklists have been developed and their implementation planned in order to achieve this objective. The measures encompass the entire pre- and peri-operative process and verify explicit facts at various checkpoints, such as:
- Patient identification
- Procedure: type, venue, side
- Prior explanation and consent
- Availability of pre-operative analyses (e.g. laboratory, ECG, X-ray)
These checklists are integrated into the work processes as standardised guidelines, whereby responsibility for implementation of the measures is clearly defined for every clinic.