February 10, 2020

Aviation-style, large-screen computerized checklist operated by anesthesia provider improves performance

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The implementation of an aviation-style computerized surgical safety checklist displayed on a large, centrally located screen and operated by the anesthesia provider improved checklist performance in this study.

A total of 671 cases were observed before and 547 cases after implementation of the computerized checklist system.


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The proportion of cases in which all items of the checklist were completed significantly increased from 2.1% to 86.3% after implementation.

Before implementation, 488 of 671 (72.7%) cases had less than 75% of checklist items completed. After implementation, only 3 of 547 (0.5%) cases had less than 75% of checklist items completed.

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