WHO surgical safety checklist cuts post-surgical deaths by 22%

McCarthy, M. (2017) BMJ. 357:j1935

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Hospitals that completed a quality improvement programme designed to implement the World Health Organization’s surgical safety checklist saw a 22% lower 30 day post-surgery mortality than hospitals that did not complete the programme, a US study has found.

The WHO checklist requires surgical teams to take such steps as confirming the patient’s identity, scheduled procedure, and surgical site at the outset; reviewing the procedure’s risks before incision; and completing instrument and sponge counts and discussing postoperative care before the patient leaves the operating room

Read the full BMJ analysis here

The original research article is available to download here

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