Study points to need for checklists before surgery
UHasselt researchers have released a study proving that WHO’s surgical safety checklist reduces post-operative complications by half
Checklist reduces post-surgical complications
The checklist, which was developed by WHO in 2007, includes 22 questions that help surgical teams to monitor risk factors, such as possible allergies, and clarifies the different tasks of the team members. Currently, not all hospitals are using the checklist, but the government of Flanders plans to make the checklist obligatory.
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