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Checklists might cut surgical deaths by one third

By Don Parcher

August 10th, 2009

Surgical teams in Australia will be using pilot-type checklists, developed by the World Health Organization, which they hope will reduce deaths and dangerous complications by one third: theage.com.au. The checklist is designed to help prevent mistakes like operating on the wrong patient or the wrong part of the body, and, to confirm patient consent. The checklist calls for the surgical team to introduce themselves to each other, ensure no items have been left inside the patient, and, review post-surgery care.

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