Save tens of thousands of lives and $20 billion annually
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A report in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that the use of a 19-step Surgical Safety Checklist reduced deaths from surgery by more than 40% in eight participating hospitals.
One of the report’s authors, Atul Gawande, says that use of the checklist in all hospitals could save tens of thousands of lives and $20 billon in medical costs each year. The checklist is said to only take two minutes to complete and is based on checklists used in the aviation industry.