UW Medical Center using surgical checklist to improve safety

Good article on the use of checklists in healthcare to reduce errors during surgery. Here’s a taste:

Wednesday, WHO officials said preliminary results show the checklist nearly doubled patients’ chances of receiving proven standards of surgical care and substantially reduced complications and deaths.

“It seems totally obvious,” Flum says. “They’ve been doing this in aviation for four decades, yet it’s been totally absent in health care because there’s no system to make sure it happens.”

View the article at the Seattle Times

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