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Checklist for Surgery Saving Lives

Posted Jan 15 2009 5:46pm

The headline realy didn’t pique my interest, but I reluctantly read the Washington Post article “Surgical Checklist Lowers Death Rate” It is yet another confirmation of my theory that in health care, we need to go back to basics.

Following the lead of airlines pilots, doctors in 8 hospitals around the globe used a “cheat sheet” in the OR. This pilot study involved 7,600 patients treated over a one year period.  Serious complications fell from 11% to 7%.  Inpatient deaths declined by more than 40% overall with the most dramatic decreases occurring in hospitals with fewer resources.

“More than 234 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year, with between 3 and 17% resulting in major complications…In the US the average surgical complications costs $12,000 to treat, though as many as half are preventable sccording to several studies over the past 15 years.”

Yet another example of simple, safe, affordable solutions toward solving our health care funding crisis.

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