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Compliance with a time-out procedure intended to prevent wrong surgery in hospitals: results of a national patient safety programme in the Netherlands.

van Schoten SM, Kop V, de Blok C, et al. Compliance with a time-out procedure intended to prevent wrong surgery in hospitals: results of a national patient safety programme in the Netherlands. BMJ Open. 2014;4(7):e005075. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005075.

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August 13, 2014
van Schoten SM, Kop V, de Blok C, et al. BMJ Open. 2014;4(7):e005075.

This direct observation study found that adherence to a presurgical time-out, which is part of the WHO surgical safety checklist, was inconsistent. Although studies have shown that checklists can reduce complications, difficulty with implementation may impede their effectiveness in actual practice settings.

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van Schoten SM, Kop V, de Blok C, et al. Compliance with a time-out procedure intended to prevent wrong surgery in hospitals: results of a national patient safety programme in the Netherlands. BMJ Open. 2014;4(7):e005075. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005075.