Journal Article
Review

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

Gillespie BM; Chaboyer W; Thalib L; John M; Fairweather N; Slater K.

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.