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Title: Gynecology healthcare professionals towards safety procedures in operation rooms aiming to enhanced quality of medical services in Greece
Authors: Dinas, Konstantinos
Vavoulidis, Eleftherios
Pratilas, Georgios Chrysostomos
Chatzistamatiou, Kimon
Basonidis, Alexandros
Sotiriadis, Alexandros
Zepiridis, Leonidas
Pantazis, Konstantinos
Tziomalos, Konstantinos
Aletras, Vassilis
Tsiotras, George
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences
FRASCATI::Medical and Health sciences
Keywords: Hospital care
Medical errors
Quality improvement
Safety in surgery
Surgical counting and counting documentation report
Surgical safety checklist
Subjects MESH: Checklist
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Personnel
Operating Rooms
Patient Safety
Safety Management
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Emerald
Source: International journal of health care quality assurance
Volume: 32
Issue: 5
First Page: 805
Last Page: 817
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the attitudes of healthcare professionals in Greece toward safety practices in gynecological Operation Rooms (ORs). Design/methodology/approach An anonymous self-administered questionnaire was distributed to surgical personnel asking for opinions on safety practices during vaginal deliveries (VDs) and gynecological operations (e.g. sponge/suture counting, counting documentation, etc.). The study took place in Hippokration Hospital of Thessaloniki including 227 participants. The team assessed and statistically analyzed the questionnaires. Findings Attitude toward surgical counts and counting documentation, awareness of existence and/or implementation in their workplace of other surgical safety objectives (e.g. WHO safety control list) was assessed. In total, 85.2 percent considered that surgical counting after VDs is essential and 84.9 percent admitted doing so, while far less reported counting documentation as a common practice in their workplace and admitted doing so themselves (50.5/63.3 percent). Furthermore, while 86.5 percent considered a documented protocol as necessary, only 53.9 percent admitted its implementation in their workplace. Remarkably, 53.1 percent were unaware of the WHO safety control list for gynecological surgeries. Originality/value Most Greek healthcare professionals are well aware of the significance of surgical counting and counting documentation in gynecology ORs. However, specific tasks and assignments are unclear to them. Greek healthcare professionals consider surgical safety measures as important but there is a critical gap in knowledge when it comes to responsibilities and standardized processes during implementation. More effective implementation and increased personnel awareness of the surgical safety protocols and international guidelines are necessary for enhanced quality of surgical safety in Greece.
ISSN: 0952-6862
Other Identifiers: 10.1108/IJHCQA-02-2018-0033
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