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Checklists can reduce errors in intraoperative emergencies by 75%, says expert

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 29 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2767
  1. Krishna Chinthapalli
  1. 1BMJ

Dealing with intraoperative emergencies can be much improved by use of a checklist, says Atul Gawande, the lead adviser on the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives programme and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts.

At a talk at University College London’s Institute of Child Health in London on 26 April, Gawande outlined the results of his group’s study earlier this year.1 He said, “We tested this in a randomised trial by bringing teams into a simulator . . . They went from a 25% likelihood of missing key lifesaving …

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