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Surgical safety checklist audits may be misleading! Improving the implementation and adherence of the surgical safety checklist: a quality improvement project.

Brown B, Bermingham S, Vermeulen M, et al. Surgical safety checklist audits may be misleading! Improving the implementation and adherence of the surgical safety checklist: a quality improvement project. BMJ Open Qual. 2021;10(4):e001593. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2021-001593

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December 22, 2021
Brown B, Bermingham S, Vermeulen M, et al. BMJ Open Qual. 2021;10(4):e001593.

Despite evidence of the benefits of the World Health Organization’s surgical safety checklist, implementation and sustainability are inconsistent in many hospitals. Using five cycles of Plan-Do-Study-Act, a hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, was able to increase use of the checklist from 3.5% to 63%. Staff reported that they felt the new checklist process improved patient safety and was easily incorporated into their workflow.

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Brown B, Bermingham S, Vermeulen M, et al. Surgical safety checklist audits may be misleading! Improving the implementation and adherence of the surgical safety checklist: a quality improvement project. BMJ Open Qual. 2021;10(4):e001593. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2021-001593