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A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population

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Location: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/590231

Description: The authors performed a before/after study in 8 hospitals located in 8 countries. They collected morbidity and mortality data on 3733 patients before and an additional 3995 patients after introduction of a World Health Organization-approved surgical checklist that included items such as patient identification, preoperative preparation for blood loss, surgical site marking, use of a pulse oximeter, prophylactic antibiotic administration, etc. After introduction of the checklist, overall complication rate dropped from 11% to 7% and the mortality rate dropped from 1.5% to 0.8%. In addition, significant reductions were observed in surgical site infection and unplanned returns to the operating room.
Haynes AB, Weiser TG, Berry WR, et al N Engl J Med. 2009;360:491-499

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Added: Thu Apr 30 2009