Safe Surgery

Safe surgery is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary initiative, requiring commitment and prioritization from all to ensure consistency, early recognition of complications, and appropriate interventions based on consideration of the individual patient. Our APSS Blueprints provide healthcare organizations with practical, evidence-based checklists and protocols for safe surgery.

Statistics

With over 200 million surgical procedures performed worldwide each year, there is high risk for error – according to WHO, errors in surgical procedures are at an all-time unacceptable high1
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Kim, F. J., da Silva, R. D., Gustafson, D., Nogueira, L., Harlin, T., & Paul, D. L. (2015). Current issues in patient safety in surgery: a review. Patient Safety in Surgery, 9(1), 9–26. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13037-015-0067-4

There are 1 million deaths each year due to post-surgical complications, 50 percent of which are preventable.2
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Weiser, T., & Gawande, A. (2015). Essential Surgery: Disease Control Priorities. Excess Surgical Mortality: Strategies for Improving Quality of Care, 1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK333498/

Globally, nearly 7 million patients suffer from post-surgical complications each year3
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Weiser, T., & Gawande, A. (2015). Essential Surgery: Disease Control Priorities. Excess Surgical Mortality: Strategies for Improving Quality of Care, 1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK333498/

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