Despite the findings of two recent studies, many doctors and hospitals refuse to implement written operating room checklists because they believe it "dumbs-down" medicine.
Syracuse, New York (PRWEB) February 01, 2013
Syracuse Surgery Malpractice Lawyer Report: A recent study suggests that doctors, nurses and operating room personnel that follow a written checklist while providing care and treatment in connection with a cardiac arrest, allergic reaction, bleeding or other crisis during surgery, are 75% less likely to make a mistake.
The results of the study, funded by United States Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, are being published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article is titled "Simulation-Based Trial of Surgical-Crisis Checklists." Syracuse surgery malpractice lawyer Michael A. Bottar added, "last month, a study published in the Journal of American College of Surgeons came to a similar conclusion - that surgical checklists are useful and cost-effective."
"Despite two studies in as many months, many doctors and hospitals nationwide refuse to implement written checklists for two main reasons. First, critics object to checklists because they "dumb-down" medicine. Second, some believe checklists may subject health care providers to liability when they are not followed." Bottar added, "no one wants to create a checklist that, if not followed, can be used as a roadmap in a medical malpractice lawsuit. While this may be the case, perhaps the better course is to ensure that good checklists are prepared and that they are followed without exception."
In the ACOS study, patients of surgical teams without communications training or a written checklist had complications in 23% of cases. Patients of teams with communications training, only, had complications in 16% of cases. Patients of teams with communications training and a written checklist had complications in a mere 8% of cases. The communications training consisted of three sessions during which topics, including "crucial conversations," were discussed.
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