Suboptimal compliance with surgical safety checklists in Colorado: a prospective observational study reveals differences between surgical specialties.
Biffl WL, Gallagher AW, Pieracci FM, Berumen C. Patient Saf Surg. 2015;9:5.
This quality improvement initiative found suboptimal adherence to surgical safety checklists. The authors suggest that wide variation in compliance may explain conflicting results between randomized trials of checklists and subsequent observational post-implementation studies, and this finding points to the need to study implementation, not just effectiveness, of patient safety strategies.
An electronic checklist improves transfer and retention of critical information at intraoperative handoff of care.
Agarwala AV, Firth PG, Albrecht MA, Warren L, Musch G. Anesth Analg. 2015;120:96-104.
Evaluation of the effectiveness of a surgical checklist in Medicare patients.
Reames BN, Scally CP, Thumma JR, Dimick JB. Med Care. 2015;53:87-94.
A combined teamwork training and work standardisation intervention in operating theatres: controlled interrupted time series study.
Morgan L, Pickering SP, Hadi M, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015;24:111-119.
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A checklist-based intervention to improve surgical outcomes in Michigan: evaluation of the Keystone Surgery program.
Reames BN, Krell RW, Campbell DA Jr, Dimick JB. JAMA Surg. 2015 Jan 14; [Epub ahead of print].