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Posted 5 Aug 2014 in Surgery

Perioperative charge nurse Ricci Marks from Southern Cross Brightside Hospital, was the lucky winner of a restaurant voucher from the Open campaign. Ms Marks won the voucher for completing a survey about use of the World Health Organization’s surgical safety checklist in her workplace.

Ms Marks has worked at Southern Cross Brightside for over two years, assisting in orthopaedic surgery, urology and general surgery.

“Brightside has a great atmosphere where our values and teamwork ensure patient safety is paramount,” she says.

“Using the checklist for safer surgery in our operating rooms has always been a big focus of our work. We continually ask ourselves how we can improve in order to perform safer more efficient surgery.”

Ricci MarksMs Marks plans to use the voucher to celebrate her birthday with Dunedin-based family.

Ninety-six entries were received from private providers and 11 district health boards (DHBs).

The surgical safety checklist is a simple process that saves lives by avoiding obvious mistakes. It is an important tool to improve communication and teamwork and ensure the correct surgical procedures are carried out on the correct patient.

A national overview of survey results is available below, and results from individual DHBs or private providers will be fed back to them through their reducing perioperative harm champion.

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