Don't Forget The Checklist, Doc

3_copy.png

Here's a new approach for ensuring compliance with surgical safety checklists - get the patient involved. According to a recent study conducted at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, providing the surgical patient with the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist prior to the surgery, with a place for the surgeon to sign it, pledging to follow it, dramatically increases compliance. It also made the patient feel safer, knowing there was a checklist to be followed. Tulane undertook the study as they sought ways to increase compliance with the use of the checklist. Compliance is important, because it is well accepted use of the checklist reduces complications.

What are your thoughts? Is this something you would see implementing in your OR, either patient-led or surgeon-led? How do you monitor and improve compliance now?