advertiser banner advertiser banner advertiser banner
Digital Issues

Home >  News >  March, 2014

Ontario Study: Checklists May Not Improve Patient Outcomes

Study finds no "measureable improvements" in surgical safety records.

Published: March 13, 2014

Do surgical checklists improve patient outcomes? Don't count on it, says a new study of nearly 100 Ontario-area hospitals that found no measurable evidence that the World Health Organization-designed safe surgery checklist program works. Researchers from University of Toronto hospitals compared surgery-related deaths or complications 3 months before hospitals began using a checklist program to 3 months after the checklist. They found no statistically significant differences in outcomes.

The study's lead author says the findings call into question earlier claims that hospitals could improve patient outcome improvements by using the surgical checklist were overstated. Meanwhile, WHO leaders say the new study shows the participating hospitals failed to properly implement the surgical safety checklist program.

The new study was published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, which also published the 2009 study that found that the standardized checklist led to a 47% reduction in deaths associated with high-risk surgeries.

"What we found was making extraordinary improvements in patient safety is probably going to take a lot more work than the introduction of something like these safety checklists," says lead author David Urbach, MD, a general surgeon at the University Health Network in Toronto. Read more.

Dan O'Connor


Also in the News...

Daytime is Best for Lap Choles
Can We Predict the Quality of Recovery?
Patient Sues, But Facility, Physicians Not Liable for Tooth Loss
No One Noticed and No Alarms Sounded When Tourniquet Deflated
Medical Assistant Sues Anesthesia Group for Firing Her for Being Muslim
Train Surgeons and Staff on Electrosurgery Safety with FUSE
Patients Describe Their Anesthesia Awareness

 
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

DID YOU SEE THIS?
Airway Management

Who's Afraid of Difficult Airways?

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

The Secret to Fewer Post-operative Deep-Vein Blood Clots

Prevention program leads to an 84% drop in the rate of DVT.

Making 'Never Events' a Reality

Renewed focus and attention are what's needed.

Lessons Learned From Malignant Hyperthermia

How would your OR team react in these real-life situations?