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WHO surgical safety checklist cuts post-surgical deaths by 22%, US study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1935 (Published 21 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1935

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Re: WHO surgical safety checklist cuts post-surgical deaths by 22%, US study finds

In addition to the improvement of post-surgical outcomes for patients, the WHO surgical safety checklist is also of benefit to undergraduate medical education. Students in the infancy of their medical journey can find the entangled storylines and complex interplay of events in theatre confusing; the checklist provides a sense of order/structure to allow a deeper level of engagement and understanding. This in turn gives the students greater confidence to ask and participate during their theatre attachment.

We would strongly encourage today's medical educators to regard the WHO surgical safety checklist as a opportunity to better structure this aspect of the curriculum, and hopefully make tomorrow's surgery even safer.

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 April 2017
Graham Chua
International Medical Student
Mark W Davies, Consultant Anaesthetist
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Liverpool L7 8XP UK