Friday, January 25, 2013

Study: Efficacy of Surgical Crisis Check Lists is Demonstrated

According to an article published recently on the New England Journal of Medicine website "...checklist use was associated with significant improvement in the management of operating-room crises. These findings suggest that checklists for use during operating-room crises have the potential to improve surgical care."

The study was simulation based and a total of 17 operating-room teams participated in 106 simulated surgical-crisis scenarios.  Operating-room teams from three institutions (one academic medical center and two community hospitals) participated. 

The authors included three General Surgeons, two Anesthesiologists, a Neurosurgeon, a Hematologist/Oncologist, a Diagnostic Radiologist and an Emergency Medicine Specialist.  The study was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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