Effect of the World Health Organization checklist on patient outcomes: a stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial

June 24, 2015

Source:  Annals of Surgery 261/5 pp. 821-8

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Date of publicationMay 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: There have been reports of reductions of morbidity and mortality after implementation of the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) in pre-/post designed studies without controls. The authors of this study report a randomized controlled trial of the SSC. They concluded that implementation of the WHO SSC was associated with robust reduction in morbidity and length of in-hospital stay and some reduction in mortality.

Length of Publication:  8 pages

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The surgical safety checklist survey: a national perspective on patient safety

June 24, 2013

Source:  Irish Journal of Medical Science Vol/iss 182/2 pp. 171-176

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The World Health Organisation recommended practices to ensure the safety of patients worldwide in 2008. This led to the development of the Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) which Ireland has endorsed. The authors aimed to determine whether the SSC is being implemented and to identify problems associated with its introduction and on-going implementation. They found that it has not been implemented throughout all operating departments in Ireland, but where it has been introduced there has been a perceived positive change in safety culture. The authors state that a formal audit of morbidity and mortality is required.

Length of Publication:  6 pages

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Missed diagnosis of fractures in children

April 30, 2012

Source:  National Reporting and Learning System, NPSA

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Date of publication: Feb 2012

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  This report highlighted the issues relating to missed fractures in children.  These issues include morbidity if diagnosis and treatment is delayed.

Length of publication:  1 web page