The expansion in surgery has been made possible through extraordinary technological advances delivering considerable benefits for patients. However, the increased complexity of procedures and processes has made it more difficult to deliver reliable and safer care.
This literature review was conducted to examine a range of issues associated with patient safety incidents (PSIs) in surgery. Issues explored include:
- Incidence and types of harm
- PSIs in different surgical settings
- The role of anaesthesia in PSIs in surgery
- Other peri-operative causes
Its aim was also to collate and understand the available evidence on rates, causes, outcomes and solutions to inadvertent harm to patients under surgical care.
Download the full report and findings of Surgical safety can be improved through better understanding of incidents reported to a national database.