Checklist keeps patients out of hospital

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According to a study led by Abhijeet Basoor, from St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, a checklist can help keep heart failure patients with heart failure out of the hospital and save billions of dollars.

Of the patients who had been admitted for a heart problem and went through a 27-point checklist before leaving the hospital, only 2% were readmitted within a month. Of those patients whose doctors did not use the checklist, 20% were readmitted within a month.

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