Study: Checklists Most Effective When Surgical Staff Knows Why, How They Are Used

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The success of surgical safety checklists depends on leaders' ability to persuasively explain why and show how to implement the checklist, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

The study, titled "Effective Surgical Safety Checklist Implementation," found that surgical staff members who used the checklist most thoroughly were those who had received explanations and demonstrations as to why and how it should be used.

When implementation leaders failed to explain this, staff members became frustrated, uninterested and eventually abandoned the checklist despite a hospital-wide mandate.

Read the study abstract on surgical safety checklists.

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