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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Review

Impact of the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist on patient safety.

Haugen AS, Sevdalis N, Søfteland E. Anesthesiology. 2019;131:420-425.

Checklists have been widely embedded into care processes, despite questions regarding their effectiveness in improving safety. This review summarizes the evidence on use of the WHO surgical checklist and highlights the need for persistence, long-term commitment, and implementation strategy to prevent complications.