The Safe Surgery Guide focuses on improving safety not only in procedural and operative areas but also across the entire continuum of a patient's surgical experience. The chapters follow the order of a procedure, starting in the preoperative setting, moving through the procedural area, and finishing with attention to postoperative care and discharge planning.
Information in the Safe Surgery Guide applies to a wide range of procedures, from major surgery, the kind that involves an incision, anesthesia, and a significant postoperative recovery, to minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopic, arthroscopic, or endoscopic surgery. In presenting tips, strategies, tools, and case studies from various types of organizations worldwide, the book discusses and offers improvement strategies to address some of the most serious adverse events that occur in the surgical setting, including wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient surgery; problems with anesthesia or medications; retained foreign objects; and surgical fires.
The Safe Surgery Guide also highlights the unique challenges faced by ambulatory care and office-based surgery organizations and offers proven solutions for these settings. Particular attention to effective communication and hand hygiene throughout the surgical process underscores the importance of establishing a culture of safety, an environment in which everyone on a team is focused on working together to provide the safest possible care for the patient.