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Letters WHO surgical checklist

Needs to be customised by specialty

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c589
  1. Stephen Clark, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon1,
  2. Leslie Hamilton, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon1
  1. 1Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN
  1. s.c.clark{at}

    The widespread use of the WHO surgical checklist will undoubtedly bring about improved safety, making existing safety systems increasingly redundant and building a team approach with shared responsibility in operating theatres.1 The universal use of the WHO checklist, however, risks endangering …

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