• Clemson Researcher Touts Surgical Safety Checklist to Save Lives
    Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and cut costs. ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • The Checklist: A Global Tool That Works
    At the core of many infection prevention strategies is an elegant and simple tool: the checklist. Infection prevention actions in healthcare settings were listed as one of four recent objectives proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to tackle the ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in Articles, Policies and Practice
  • Computerized Checklist Reduces Bloodstream Infection Rates, Study Finds
    A computerized safety checklist that automatically pulls information from patients' electronic medical records was associated with a threefold drop in rates of one serious type of hospital-acquired infection, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University ...More
    February 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Patient Participation in Surgical Safety Checklist is a Win-Win
    Patients feel safer – and likely are safer – when they receive a surgical safety checklist and request that their healthcare providers use it, suggests a pilot study being presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2014. Use of the World ...More
    January 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Standard Written Checklists Can Improve Patient Safety During Surgical Crises
    When doctors, nurses and other hospital operating room staff follow a written safety checklist to respond when a patient experiences cardiac arrest, severe allergic reaction, bleeding followed by an irregular heart beat or other crisis during surgery, they are nearly 75 ...More
    January 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Washington Surgeons Set New Guidelines for Patient Safety
    Washington state surgeons and the Strong for Surgery program announce today the release of standardized guidelines for pre-operative care in the form of pre-surgical checklists. Strong for Surgery is issuing a set of checklists and tools available to all surgeons to use in ...More
    January 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • Communications Training, Surgical Checklist Can Reduce Costly Postoperative Complications
    As the nation grapples with surging healthcare costs, researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, have confirmed two simple cost-effective methods to reduce expensive postoperative ...More
    December 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Checklists in the OR Support Patient Safety, Study Finds
    The use of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Surgical Safety Checklist in the operating room considerably lowers the risks of surgery, according to a study conducted by Axel Fudickar and co-authors in their paper published in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. The most ...More
    November 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Checklist Program Reduces Infections, Saves Lives and Money
    A quality improvement program that saves lives by dramatically reducing potentially lethal bloodstream infections in hospital intensive-care units across the state of Michigan also saves those hospitals an average of $1.1 million a year, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. ...More
    August 22, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Checklists Can Help Physicians Care for Critically Ill
    Caring for patients in a medical intensive care unit in a hospital and flying a 747 are complicated tasks that require tracking thousands of important details, some of which could get overlooked. That's why the pilot has a checklist and a copilot to make sure nothing slips ...More
    June 22, 2011 Posted in News
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