Using Checklists to Ensure Patient Safety

Consistency is key

Gregory H. Sirounian, MD

The regular use of surgical checklists—standardized, validated, evidence- or consensus-based processes—promotes consistency in surgery and helps provide safe, efficient, high-quality surgical patient care. The AAOS Patient Safety Committee identifies consistency through the use of checklists as one of the six “Critical Cs of Surgical Safety.” (In addition to consistency, the six critical Cs include consent, confirmation, communication, concentration, and collection.)

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