The 19-point Safe Surgery Checklist used in operating rooms was a revolution that ended up reducing preventable adverse events (avoidable harm/error) in surgery by at least 40%.
When someone asked “You always tell us to look at the baby when it’s born, but what exactly are we looking for?” Dr Apgar grabbed a napkin and wrote down five things - heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes and skin colour. The Apgar Score to identify babies who need immediate medical attention was born.
The Sequential Organ Failure Assessment or SOFA score was developed to assess the acute morbidity of critical illness at a population level and has been widely validated as a tool for this purpose across a range of healthcare settings and environments.
Safety Checklists have proven to reduce mortality, morbidity and cost as the above 3 examples will attest. In most sectors, safety is everyone's responsibility but not so much in healthcare.
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