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Invited Commentary
July 2016

The Surgical ChecklistIt Cannot Work If You Do Not Use It

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Surgical Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 3Ariadne Labs, Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(7):647. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.5551

Surgical safety checklists (SSCs) are associated with reductions in postoperative morbidity and mortality and have now achieved widespread implementation, although the quality of implementation remains unclear in many settings.1,2 In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Bock and colleagues3 evaluate the effect of introducing an SSC in a single Italian referral hospital on 30- and 90-day all-cause mortality, 30-day readmission rate, and hospital length of stay.

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