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The incidence of surgical complications has remained largely unchanged over the past two decades. Inherent complexity in surgery, new technology possibilities, increasing age and comorbidity in patients may contribute to this. Surgical safety checklists may be used as some of the tools to prevent such complications. Use of checklists may reduce critical workload by eliminating issues that are already controlled for. The global introduction of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist aimed to improve safety in both anesthesia and surgery and to reduce complications and mortality by better teamwork, communication, and consistency of care. This review describes a literature synthesis on advantages and disadvantages in use of surgical safety checklists emphasizing checklist development, implementation, and possible clinical effects and using a theoretical framework for quality of provided healthcare (structure-process-outcome) to understand the checklists' possible impact on patient safety.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist has fostered safe practice for 10 years, yet its place in emergency surgery has not been assessed on a global scale. The aim of this study...
Proven patient safety solutions such as the World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist are challenging to implement at scale. A voluntary initiative was launched in South Carolina hospitals...
Team communication in operating rooms is problematic worldwide, and can negatively impact patient safety. Although initiatives such as the World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist have be...
The World Health Organization (WHO) surgical checklist is associated with reduced morbidity and mortality. Efficacy correlates with compliance.
In January of 2007, the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Alliance for Patient Safety initiated a project called "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" to identify minimum standards of surgical ...
The investigators set out to determine the extent of compliance with the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist and the association of this compliance with perioperative surgi...
Limited information is available about surgical checklist effectiveness in Latin America. We plan to compare the pre and post surgical checklist implementation in a tertiary healthcare cen...
This project aims to produce a systematic review on present knowledge on effects of using safety checklists in medicine. Implementation of a checklist system throughout surgical care may r...
Early life malnutrition is associated with later life health problems, Particularly Stunting, which is a height-for-age Z score less than -2 standard deviation of World Health Organization...
A specialized agency of the United Nations designed as a coordinating authority on international health work; its aim is to promote the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all peoples.
A state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to SEXUALITY, according to the World Health Organization.
Efforts to reduce risk, to address and reduce incidents and accidents that may negatively impact healthcare consumers.
The World Health Organization's classification categories of health and health-related domains. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) consists of two lists: a list of body functions and structure, and a list of domains of activity and participation. The ICF also includes a list of environmental factors.
Drugs considered essential to meet the health needs of a population as well as to control drug costs. (World Health Organization Action Programme on Essential Drugs, 1994, p3)
Surgery is a technology consisting of a physical intervention on tissues. All forms of surgery are considered invasive procedures; so-called "noninvasive surgery" usually refers to an excision that does not penetrate the structure being exci...
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Anesthesia is the loss of feeling or sensation in all or part of the body. It may result from damage to nerves or can be induced by an anesthetist (a medical professional) using anesthetics such as thiopental or propofol or sevoflurane during a surgical ...