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Surgical Safety Checklist proves effective - NEJM Jan. 29, 2009

Article by Haynes, Weiser et al (including our favorite Atul Gawande MD) published in the New England Journal of Medicine, outlines the effectiveness of an easy-to-implement surgical checklist. The study tested the tool and approach with about 4000 patients in eight hospitals (incl. one in Seattle) in 8 countries, providing a diverse application of the checklist. Results showed significant and dramatic improvement in lowering surgical site infections, returns to OR, deaths, and complications. Very exciting stuff when published in 2009. Now it has become standard of care

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VA Hospitals - Surgery Standards and Other Directives

VHA Directives for a five year period are linked here. Wide variety of subjects. Responsibilities are clearly outlined

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