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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 791490, 3 pages
Research Article

Parental Involvement in the Preoperative Surgical Safety Checklist Is Welcomed by Both Parents and Staff

1Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland
2Paediatric Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin 2, Ireland
3King Hamad University Hospital, Busaiteen, P.O. Box 24343, Bahrain
4Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, RCSI Medical University of Bahrain, Al Sayh, Bahrain

Received 29 December 2013; Accepted 16 March 2014; Published 13 April 2014

Academic Editor: Samuel Menahem

Copyright © 2014 Martin T. Corbally and Eamon Tierney. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We involved the parents of paediatric patients in the first part of the three-stage WHO Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) process. Forty-two parents took part in the study. They came to the theatre suite with their child and into the induction room. Immediately before induction of anaesthesia they were present at, and took part in, the first stage of the three-stage SSC process, confirming with staff the identity of their child, the procedure to be performed, the operating site, and the consent being adequately obtained and recorded. We asked parents and theatre staff later whether they thought that parental involvement in the SSC was beneficial to patient safety. Both parents and staff welcomed parental involvement in the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and felt that it improved patient safety.