WHO Surgery Checklist May Yield Varying Results Depending on Level of Compliance

Researchers found the degree of compliance to the World Health Organization's surgical checklist can affect in-hospital 30-day mortality, according to a study published in the Annals of Surgery.


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For their study, researchers studied more than 25,000 patients who underwent surgery at a tertiary university hospital. They found in-hospital 30-day mortality significantly decreased after the implementation of the WHO surgical checklist. However, patient 30-day mortality was much lower in instances when there was complete surgical checklist compliance compared to instances when there was partial or no compliance.

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