Results show surgical safety checklist drops deaths and complications by more than one third

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 17:56 in Health & Medicine

An international pilot study involving the Toronto General Hospital (TGH), a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, and other hospitals from around the world, has found that using a Surgical Patient Safety Checklist significantly reduces surgical complications and mortality. The study, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Dr. Atul Gawande of the Harvard School of Public Health, appears in the New England Journal of Medicine's Online First on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. The study will appear in the journal's printed issue on January 29, 2009.

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