Risk Prevention

Improving patient safety in and around the operating theatre

Reducing surgical site infection and improving teamwork and communication are both crucial factors in improving patient safety.

Despite many advances in the surgical environment, there is still a lot of work to do to improve patient safety in the operating theatre and throughout pre- and post-operative care. Deaths and illnesses still arise as a direct result of surgical site infections while highly complex and poorly used technology continues to lead to errors, including patient misidentification, surgical site misidentification, medical mistakes and omissions.