Pre-surgical checklists are a staple procedure at many hospitals and have
been known to reduce mortality rates and risk of complications. While
the effectiveness of properly-used checklists is almost undisputed, checklists
become moot if surgical staffs do not strictly adhere to them. An editorial
published by JAMA Surgery states that surgical checklists are only as
good as the doctors using them, and that hospitals must promote cultures
of safety and meticulous planning in order to see their benefits.
Failure to adhere to checklists contributes to medical errors all too often
in the United States. Skipping steps and failing to keep track of equipment
can cause patients to suffer serious injuries such as retained medical
devices, punctured organs, infections, and possible death. Unfortunately,
vigilantly enforcing a “checklist culture” isn’t always
easy. Fostering an atmosphere of strict planning is often ineffective
amidst the complexities of the existing healthcare system.
The editorial referenced a study involving the implementation of checklists
at an Italian teaching hospital. After studying the outcomes of more than
5,000 surgeries before checklists and 5,000 surgeries after implementing
checklists, the results indicated a drop in the 90-day all-cause mortality
rate from 2.4% to 2.2%, with the lengths of average hospital stays seeing
a similar decrease from 10.4 to 9.6 days.
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