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England and Wales hospitals ‘to adopt checklist’

15th January 2009

Hospitals in England and Wales are set to adopt a World Health Organisation (WHO) developed checklist in operating theatres.

This comes after a study – published in the New England Journal of Medicine – found such a schedule cuts the chance of complications following surgery by 36 per cent.

It also found the probability of death was also cut by 47 per cent.

The research involved hospitals in eight countries – including the UK – and examined data from 3,733 patients operated on before the introduction of the checklist, in comparison to 3,955 subjects who went into surgery after it was brought in.

As a result, the National Patient Safety Agency has told the NHS and private hospitals to adopt the scheme.

Dr Atul Gawande, associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, said: “With the annual global volume of surgery now exceeding 234 million, the use of the WHO checklist could reduce deaths and disabilities by millions.

“There should be no time wasted in introducing these checklists to help surgical teams.”

Last month, a two-year NHS review into its pathology services said it planned to improve quality, safety and efficiency in diagnostic tests.

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