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Use of surgical checklists might lead to increased survival

The use of surgical checklists varies across European nations. Use of a checklist is associated with lower mortality shows a study lead by Ib Jammer at the Research group on Quality, Safety and Outcome after Surgery and Critical illness (ROSC).

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The study is published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

Ib has analyzed data together with international colleagues from 27 other European countries, of altogether 45.000 patients from 426 hospitals.

- We compared patients where surgical checklist was used in surgery, with patients where it was not used. We found lower mortality in patients where the checklist was used, says Jammer.

In cases where checklist was used, the researchers found that the risk of fatal outcome was reduced by 0.5 percentage points - from 3.33 percent to 2.80 percent.

Read more in news article from Dagens Medisin (Norwegian).