Using checklist reduces surgery complications | Science News

Love Science? Welcome Home.

Support Amazing Science Journalism.

Create the New Science Generation.


Using checklist reduces surgery complications

WHO guidelines map everything from patient identity to post-operation inventory of sponges

5:00pm, January 14, 2009

By reading through a list of procedures aloud and checking them off before and after an operation, hospital surgical teams reduce patient complications by more than one-third, a new study finds. In low-income countries, using the checklist also seems to halve in-hospital deaths due to these complications, an international group of scientists reports in a study published online January 14 by the New England Journal of Medicine.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News