Surgical checklist improves quality of care and reduces costs

Last year, Atul Gawande, an associate professor at HSPH and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and colleagues demonstrated that when surgical teams use a simple checklist, avoidable complications plummet and lives are saved. In a new study, Gawande and colleagues have found that using a checklist can also save hospitals money. Their research is published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

More information

A Simple Checklist That Saves Lives (Harvard Public Health Review)

WHO and HSPH Collaborate for Safe Surgery Checklists to Prevent Deaths and Injuries (HSPH press release)