Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Article Shows Checklists Can Assist in the Operating Room

A new Reuters article details the ways that step-by-step checklists can help doctors and nurses manage emergencies in the operating room.

"People have called (checklists) ‘dumbing down' medicine, but what we showed is that even in this incredibly stressful, high-complexity situation, the teams that worked from a kind of pre-planned set of steps had three quarters lower likelihood of missing critical lifesaving steps," noted Dr. Atul Gawande, from Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Click here to read the article.

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