Safe Surgery Saves Lives: WHO Surgical Checklist

The World Health Organization has issued its report on its Global Patient Safety Challenge in surgery, which involves the use of a checklist before surgery. Yesterday’s Globe & Mail reported on the use of the checklist in the University Health Network in Toronto, which comprises three major hospitals.  In the video clip below, UHN’s surgeon-in-chief and director of surgical services Dr. Bryce Taylor demonstrates the use of the checklist in the operating room.   Download the checklist.    A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population. New England Journal of Medicine January 14 2008.

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