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A Review of the Development and Use of Surgical Safety Checklists in the UK

John M Henderson, BMBS, BMedSci(Hons), MRCS (Eng)1, and Caroline A Wilson, BMBS, BMedSci(Hons), FRCA, MRCPCH2

With the increasing complexity of modern healthcare, the likelihood of human error is also increasing. The consequences of such errors can be devastating. Checklists as tools to reduce the risk of errors occurring have proven successful in other complex and high-risk industries such as the airline industry. The surgical safety checklist has proven to be an effective tool in reducing human error associated with surgical procedures.

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