Sample Nursing Essay Paper on A17


Dr. Peter Benton is observing a surgery and has raised the need for the lead surgeon to use a checklist to perform the operation, this request is turned down. From the clip it is evident that without a checklist there is no order; supported by the way the nurses are seen to move the patient to the theatre room. In the process the surgeon is seen not to observe safety measures and according to Peter this can cause contamination to the patient and consequently lead to a dysfunctional kidney. My view is that the use of a check list would be useful in changing the outcome of the surgery as it could increase the reliability of the critical activities and processes of the surgery by improving team work among the participants and creating situational awareness in the surgery room (Haynes, A. and Gawande, A., 2009). Improving the outcome is facilitated by the checklist where the team is involved in safety behaviors, eventuality preparation and equipment checks.

I never believed that checklists in surgery could change the outcome of the surgery, after watching the clip I now believe that it is actually helpful in saving time and protecting the patient in the surgery room. This is because upon watching the clip I have realized that a checklist saves time as the team is well aware of what to expect and effectively communicate with each other making surgery more safe and efficient while improving the patient care. What convinced me that a checklist would be appropriate is that from the clip the patient is seen to be in great pain after the surgery, something that could be avoided by using a checklist. The use of checklist would be of great value to other procedures or areas in healthcare facilities as it will provide a sense of confidence and ensure that a practitioner follows the right steps for a procedure, it will be useful in reducing medical mistakes that will lower the cost of lawsuits (Haynes, A. and Gawande, A., 2009).  In addition, it will be of great value in providing technical solutions to the technical problems that may arise and significantly they are free resources that should aid service delivery to patients.


Haynes, A. and Gawande, A. (2009). A surgical safety checklist to reduce morbidity and

mortality in a global population.  New England Journal of Medicine 360 (5): 491–499.