Supplemental Tools

Surgical Care Audit Tools

Surgical Site Infection Investigation Tool (Word, 1.8 MB)

This tool will help your safety program team understand lapses in infection prevention processes that may have contributed to the surgical site infection case. It can help your team identify practice patterns and inconsistencies in practice, so you can more easily pinpoint opportunities for intervention.

Surgical Skin Preparation Audit Tool (Word, 1.57 MB)

This tool will help your team understand how appropriately you are preparing the skin for incision. It can help your team identify practice patterns so you can more easily pinpoint opportunities for intervention.

Operating Room Briefing and Debriefing Audit Tool (Word, 1.57 MB)

This tool will help your safety program team understand how appropriately you are using briefings and debriefings throughout the perioperative period. It can help your team identify practice patterns, so you can more easily pinpoint opportunities for intervention. You will find a real-time identification of defects and real-time system of learning.

Antibiotic Audit Tool (Word, 1.6 MB)

This tool will help your safety program team understand how appropriately you are using prophylactic antibiotics throughout the perioperative period. It can help your team identify practice patterns, so you can more easily pinpoint opportunities for intervention.

Normothermia Audit Tool (Word, 1.59 MB)

This tool will help your safety program team understand how consistently you maintain normothermia standards in the operating room. It can help your team identify practice patterns so you can more easily pinpoint opportunities for intervention.

Glucose Control Audit Tool (Word, 1.67 MB)

The purpose of this tool is to help your safety program team understand how consistently your patients maintain euglycemia throughout the perioperative period. It can help your team identify practice patterns so you can more easily pinpoint opportunities for intervention.

Additional Resources

Barrier Identification and Mitigation Tool (Word, 1.73 MB)

Understand where, when, and why workarounds happen. Know where the hurdles are before you start the race. The Barrier Identification and Mitigation (BIM) Tool was designed to help your safety program team systematically identify and prioritize barriers to guideline compliance within your own clinical area. This tool also provides a framework for developing an action plan to overcome them. By providing both a practical and transdisciplinary approach to recognizing and addressing barriers, the BIM tool helps clinicians implement evidence-based practices in their clinical area.

Glucose Control Factsheet (Word, 1.57 MB)

Use this factsheet as an example of educational materials that you can develop and tailor for your evidence-based interventions.

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Page last reviewed December 2017
Page originally created November 2017
Internet Citation: Supplemental Tools. Content last reviewed December 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hais/tools/surgery/guide-surgcomp.html