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Journal Article

Effect of using a safety checklist on patient complications after surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Gillespie BM, Chaboyer W, Thalib L, et al. Anesthesiology. 2014;120:1380-9.

In contrast to a recent study that showed no change in postoperative morbidity and mortality following checklist adoption, this systematic review explored the evidence and found that checklist implementation was linked to a reduction in overall surgical complications. The authors recommend that checklists be used with other interventions to augment safety.