Checklists for Invasive Procedures
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 01/2013; 368(3):293-4. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1213329
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ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist (WHO SCC) has demonstrated efficacy in developed and developing countries alike. Recent increases in awareness of surgical morbidity in developing countries has placed greater emphasis on strategies to improve surgical safety in resource-limited settings. The implementation of surgical safety checklists in low-income countries has specific barriers related to resources and culture. Adapting and amending existing surgical safety checklists, as well as considering factors unique to developing countries, may allow the potential of this simple intervention to be fully harnessed in a wider setting. This review will address the benefits and challenges of implementation of surgical safety checklists in developing countries. Moreover, inspiration for the original checklist is revisited to identify areas that will be of particular benefit in a resource-poor setting. Potential future strategies to encourage the implementation of checklists in these countries are also discussed.International Journal of Surgery (London, England) 11/2013; 12(1). DOI:10.1016/j.ijsu.2013.10.016 · 1.65 Impact Factor
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