BRITAIN INTRODUCES WHO SURGICAL SAFETY CHECKLIST

BY ALAN OSBORN and MONICA DOBIE

A SIMPLE surgical checklist to be introduced by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) for major operations in the UK from February 2010 has been welcomed by Diane Gilmour, president of the Association for Perioperative Practice (AFPP). The checklist, drawn up by the World Health Organisation (WHO), focuses on basic good practice before anaesthesia is administered, before a patient is cut open, and then before a patient is removed from the operating theatre.
"I think the staff will embrace this after ...


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