Compliance and use of the World Health Organization checklist in U.K. operating theatres

Source:  British Journal of Surgery vol/iss 100/12 pp. 1664-1670

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Date of publication:  November 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist is reported to reduce surgical morbidity and mortality. It is mandatory in the NHS and hospital audit data show high compliance rates, but direct observation suggests that actual performance may be suboptimal. In this paper, at each operation that was observed, WHO time-out and sign-out attempts were recorded, and the quality of the time-out was evaluated. The authors concluded that meaningful compliance with the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist is much lower than data suggests.

Length of Publication:  7 pages

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