September 1, 2009

RI standardizes safe-site protocol

By: Pat Patterson

All of Rhode Island's 13 acute care hospitals have agreed to a single safe-surgery protocol, in what is thought to be a first for a state. The protocol, announced in July 2009, outlines steps for 3 phases of surgery—briefing, time-out, and debriefing—and includes elements of the Joint Commission Universal Protocol and World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist.

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