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Simple Checklist in Operating Rooms Cuts Accidental Deaths in Half

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28662096/
ATLANTA – Scrawl on the patient with a permanent marker to show where the surgeon should cut. Ask the person’s name to make sure you have the right patient. Count sponges to make sure you didn’t leave any inside the body. Doctors worldwide who followed a checklist of steps like these cut the death rate from surgery almost in half and complications by more than a third in a large international study of how to avoid blatant operating room mistakes. The results — most dramatic in developing countries — startled the researchers. “I was blown away,” said Dr. Atul Gawande, a Harvard surgeon and medical journalist who led the study, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.
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January 15, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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