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Safety checklist cuts risk of death after surgery in Scotland

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1826
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

A simple safety checklist is being credited with reducing the risk of death after surgery in Scotland.

A study published in the British Journal of Surgery analysed the outcomes of 6.8 million operations carried out during 2000-14.1 It found a 36.6% relative reduction in mortality (95% confidence interval –55.2 to –17.9) after Scotland’s nationwide implementation of the World Health …

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