The WHO surgical safety checklist: survey of patients’ views

Source:  BMJ Quality and Safety 2014 Jul 18. Epub ahead of print

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Date of publication:  July 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The WHO surgical safety checklist should be implemented across all NHS operating theatres, but it presents a challenge for some teams. This paper assessed patients’ views of the checklist. Patients from surgical wards at two hospitals were shown two professionally produced videos. One video showed a team using the WHO surgical safety checklist and the other showed surgery before the checklist was introduced. Patients were surveyed and they had positive views about the checklist and thought it would improve safety. This may provide further evidence to convince professionals who remain resistant to using it.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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