Table 3

Surgical Safety Checklist items orally ‘confirmed’ by at least one member of the team and orally ‘validated’ by at least one other member of the team, during the Time out and the Sign Out, March–July 2010, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland

Surgical Safety Checklist itemsConfirmed itemsValidated items
N (%)N (%*)
Time out (N=79)
 Patient identity79 (100)40 (51)
 Procedure74 (94)34 (43)
 Surgical site72 (91)29 (37)
 Patient installed57 (72)36 (46)
 Equipment57 (72)41 (52)
 Critical steps58 (73)41 (52)
 Antibiotic prophylaxis67 (85)56 (71)
 Mean of percentages8450
Sign out (N=80)
 Sponge, needle counts56 (70)36 (45)
 Specimen labelled43 (54)27 (34)
 Procedure69 (86)48 (60)
 Review of critical problems46 (58)34 (43)
 Postoperative management plan47 (59)37 (46)
 Recovery room or intensive care unit15 (19)13 (16)
 Mean of percentages5841
  • *Percentages calculated with the total of Time Out/Sign Out (N=79 and 80, respectively).