Surgery checklist used less for critically ill, study says

12/20/2011 | Reuters

Surgery checklists can reduce mortality rates but researchers at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands said success at their hospital depends on staff compliance in using them. The report in the Annals of Surgery said checklists were less likely to be completed for critically ill patients needing emergency surgery, and that the hospital's mortality rates may be linked to higher admissions of critically ill patients, compared with other facilities.

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