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Journal Article

Timeout procedure in paediatric surgery: effective tool or lip service? A randomised prospective observational study.

Muensterer OJ, Kreutz H, Poplawski A, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021;Epub Feb 27.

Preoperative checklists and timeouts are common tools to improve patient safety. Over a 16-month period, this study purposefully and randomly introduced errors during preoperative timeouts for 1,800 procedures but only 54% of these errors were reported by operating team members. The authors suggest that future research should explore ways to improve the quality of surgical timeouts to reduce risks to patient safety.