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Surgical Safety

Keeping our patients and staff safe in the operating room

At Floating Hospital for Children, we do everything in our power to prevent surgical complications. To that end, we have an active multidisciplinary Surgical Quality and Safety Committee, which is dedicated to keeping both patients and staff safe in the operating room. A large part of this commitment involves our Ticket to Safety, a process that ensures that the right patient always receives the right surgical procedure at the right site.

You and your child will be asked multiple times before a surgery for your child’s name, date of birth, what procedure your child is having, and where on his/her body he/she is being operated. Upon your arrival at Floating Hospital, you and your child will be asked these questions again and an identification bracelet will be placed on your child’s wrist. In the pre-operative area, we will compare your answers to the information on your child’s medical chart to confirm that your surgical team knows what procedure your child is having. We’ll ask you these same questions to you and your child once you enter the operating room. Before we begin your child’s procedure, the entire surgical team confirms with each other your child’s name, date of birth, medical record number and type and location of surgery they are about to perform.

What patients can do

You can help prevent surgical complications by making sure that your surgical team asks multiple times for your child’s name, date of birth and type and location of procedure. We also suggest that you bring to the hospital an up-to-date list of all medications that your child takes, including over-the-counter products and dietary supplements. Learn more about how to prepare for your surgery here.