Review: Evidence Based Practice of Surgical Safety Checklists
JoAnna L. McLeod
Washington State University
Patients are at heightened risk of complications while undergoing surgery. The use of a checklist for surgical safety has been utilized to lower these rates of complications. This paper was developed to respond to the question: When health care professionals implement a surgical safety checklist, compared to regular procedure without use of a checklist, do incidence of complications in patients decrease during hospital stay? CINAHL, Pub Med, and the Cochrane Library databases were searched using keywords: checklist, patient safety, surgery, adverse events, and complications for credible publications and retrieved five relevant …show more content…
The purpose of the paper was to determine whether healthcare implementation of surgical safety checklist would decrease the rate of patient complications during hospital stay. As noted above, four out of the five research studies concluded that implementation of the surgical safety checklist contributed to decreasing the rate of patient complications. One studied concluded that further research needed to be done to be able to assess the effectiveness of safety checklist. Best practice would be to implement the surgical safety checklist into practice of surgical procedures.