Checklists for surgical safety
Anyway, today is as good a day as any to mention it - it is an important topic of interest to all those who work in operating theatres. The list being described on the radio asks all the perioperative staff to introduce themselves to each other, as well as asking people to check that they have all necessary X rays and so on, and checking that everyone knows the site of the surgery. The WHO list does these things.
Here are some links:
Case report on Patient Safety First site;
WHO checklist adapted for the NHS in England and Wales;
WHO site including English language checklist and manual;
Atul Gawande's book at University of Leicester Library
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