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The role of checklists and human factors for improved patient safety in plastic surgery.

Oppikofer C, Schwappach D. The Role of Checklists and Human Factors for Improved Patient Safety in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140(6):812e-817e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000003892.

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January 10, 2018
Oppikofer C, Schwappach D. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140(6):812e-817e.

Human factors perspectives can inform design and implementation of safety interventions in health care. This commentary summarizes the role of human factors engineering and checklists as safety improvement strategies in plastic surgery. The authors highlight nontechnical skill development, checklist customization, raising of concerns, and safety assessment as key areas of focus for the specialty.

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Oppikofer C, Schwappach D. The Role of Checklists and Human Factors for Improved Patient Safety in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140(6):812e-817e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000003892.