A checklist for safer surgeries


Studies in both human and veterinary medicine have shown that implementing surgical safety checklists can reduce postoperative complications. Perhaps it's time to try it in your practice?

Are you familiar with the virtues of surgical checklists? If not, this Journal Scan offers a quick and compelling backgrounder.

When you're ready to incorporate a checklist into your surgical procedures, you can either download and print off the one below or use it as a springboard for creating your own. Either way, you're on a path to better patient care.

"It seems silly at first," says Jennifer Wardlaw, DVM, MS, DACVS, "but getting the 'boring' details out of the way helps to lessen mistakes and allows us to focus on the bigger picture."

Click on the checklist to download a printable copy.

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