Quality & Patient Safety

Worldwide pilot study finds checklist reduces adverse events by a third

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, January 20, 2009

A pilot study in which eight hospitals across the globe implemented a new surgical checklist has proven to reduce adverse surgical events by a third, according to a press release by the World Health Organization (WHO). The study, to be published in the January 29, 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that by utilizing the checklist, the death rate following surgery dropped from 1.5% to 0.8% (more than 40%), while the complication rate dropped from 11% to 7%.

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