Surgical checklists: the human factor
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O Connor P, Reddin C, O Sullivan M, O Duffy F, Keogh I (2013) 'Surgical checklists: the human factor'. Patient safety in surgery, 7 (1).
Surgical checklists has been shown to improve patient safety and teamwork in the operating theatre. However, despite the known benefits of the use of checklists in surgery, in some cases the practical implementation has been found to be less than universal. A questionnaire methodology was used to quantitatively evaluate the attitudes of theatre staff towards a modified version of the World Health Organisation (WHO) surgical checklist with relation to: beliefs about levels of compliance and support, impact on patient safety and teamwork, and barriers to the use of the checklist.