The World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist


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Abstract

The World Health Organization's (WHO's) Surgical Safety Checklist was developed by the WHO's World Alliance for Patient Safety “Safe Surgery Saves Lives” study group, information about which has been published in newspapers worldwide. In January of this year, The New England Journal of Medicine published the findings of this work group and noted that “Implementation of the checklist was associated with concomitant reductions in the rates of death and complications among patients at least 16 years of age who were undergoing noncardiac surgery in a diverse group of hospitals” (A. B. Haynes et al., 2009).

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