Making the safety of patients everyone's highest priority

Perioperative care

The goal

To improve care for adult patients undergoing elective surgical procedures in the hospital setting.

This intervention has two distinct elements:

Actions to reduce surgical site
infections (SSIs)

  1. Appropriate use of antibiotics.
  2. Use recommended hair removal methods.
  3. Maintenance of glycaemic control for known diabetic surgical patients.
  4. Maintenance of post-operative normothermia for surgical patients.

Improving teamwork and communication

  1. Implementation of World Health Organisation (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist.


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Sponsored by: National Patient Safety Agency Sponsored by: Institute for Innovation and Improvement Sponsored by: The Health Foundation