WHO surgical safety checklist – NEJM paper

The New England Journal of Medicine paper on the results of trials of implementing guidelines for surgery is now available on the NEJM website.


“The rate of any complication at all sites dropped from 11.0% at baseline to 7.0% after introduction of the checklist (P<0.001); the total in-hospital rate of death dropped from 1.5% to 0.8% (P = 0.003) (Table 5). The overall rates of
surgical-site infection and unplanned reoperation also declined significantly.”

News wrap:

New York Times: Simple checklist makes surgery safer

Science News: Using checklist reduces surgery complications

Press Association: Surgical checklists cut deaths