“Safety checklists are not a piece of paper that somehow magically protect patients, but rather they are a tool to help change practice, to foster a specific type of behavior in communication, to change implicit communication to explicit in order to create a culture where speaking up is permitted and encouraged and to create an environment where information is shared between all members of the team.”Alex Haynes
Lead author of the study.
Quoted in a Washington Post story on the study.
“Safety checklists can significantly reduce death in surgery. But they won’t if surgical teams treat them as just ticking a box.”Atul Gawande
Haynes, A. B., Edmondson, L., Lipsitz, S. R., Molina, G., Neville, B. A., Singer, S. J., Moonan, A. T., Childers, A. K., Foster, R., Gibbons, L. R., Gawande, A. A., and Berry, W. R. (2017). Mortality Trends After a Voluntary Checklist-based Surgical Safety Collaborative. Annals of Surgery, online April 8, 2017, doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002249