April 1, 2009

Getting surgical teams on board for OR checklists and briefings

By: OR Manager

There's evidence that using a surgical checklist makes a difference in patient outcomes. A worldwide pilot study at 8 hospitals, published in January, found patient deaths and complications lower after OR teams used the World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist. Yet some OR teams struggle to consistently perform the surgical site verification process required by the Joint Commission's Universal Protocol. How do you bring about the culture change needed for…

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