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October 20, 2008

Preoperative Checklists and Team Briefings

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Arch Surg. 2008;143(10):1023-1024. doi:10.1001/archsurg.143.10.1023

I read with great interest the article by Lingard et al1 and the accompanying critique describing the effective use of preoperative checklists and team briefing among operating room teams to reduce communication failures. The authors are to be commended on their pursuits and demonstration of the significant reduction in communication failures and the functional utility and critical impact of such safety tools on decision making and patient care.

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