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Gynecology healthcare professionals towards safety procedures in operation rooms aiming to enhanced quality of medical services in Greece

Konstantinos Dinas (2nd Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hippokration General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Eleftherios Vavoulidis (2nd Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hippokration General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Georgios Chrysostomos Pratilas (2nd Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hippokration General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Kimon Chatzistamatiou (2nd Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hippokration General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Alexandros Basonidis (2nd Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hippokration General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Alexandros Sotiriadis (2nd Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hippokration General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Leonidas Zepiridis (1st Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Konstantinos Pantazis (2nd Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hippokration General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Konstantinos Tziomalos (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia , Thessaloniki, Greece)
Vassilis Aletras (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia , Thessaloniki, Greece)
George Tsiotras (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia , Thessaloniki, Greece)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 10 June 2019

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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.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the hospital personnel and all the other healthcare professionals who participated in this study.

Citation

Dinas, K., Vavoulidis, E., Pratilas, G.C., Chatzistamatiou, K., Basonidis, A., Sotiriadis, A., Zepiridis, L., Pantazis, K., Tziomalos, K., Aletras, V. and Tsiotras, G. (2019), "Gynecology healthcare professionals towards safety procedures in operation rooms aiming to enhanced quality of medical services in Greece", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 32 No. 5, pp. 805-817. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-02-2018-0033

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