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Impact of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist on Patient Safety

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Arvid S Haugen, Nick Sevdalis, Eirik Søfteland

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-425
Number of pages6
Issue number2
PublishedAug 2019

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The incidence of surgical complications has remained largely unchanged over the past two decades. Inherent complexity in surgery, new technology possibilities, increasing age and comorbidity in patients may contribute to this. Surgical safety checklists may be used as some of the tools to prevent such complications. Use of checklists may reduce critical workload by eliminating issues that are already controlled for. The global introduction of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist aimed to improve safety in both anesthesia and surgery and to reduce complications and mortality by better teamwork, communication, and consistency of care. This review describes a literature synthesis on advantages and disadvantages in use of surgical safety checklists emphasizing checklist development, implementation, and possible clinical effects and using a theoretical framework for quality of provided healthcare (structure-process-outcome) to understand the checklists' possible impact on patient safety.

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