University of Washington Medical Center using surgical checklist to improve safety

Seattle Times, June 26, 2008
University of Washington Medical Center is one of eight hospitals worldwide testing a surgical checklist unveiled by the World Health Organization. The checklist also includes items from a statewide project, the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program. With $1.35 million from the state Life Sciences Discovery Fund, UW Medical Center doctors are signing up hospitals to collect and share details about what surgeons do in operating rooms and how patients do afterward, and to use checklists to improve.

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