Patient Safety

6 Must Do’s to Ensure Safety Checklists Work

Do medical checklists improve patient safety or not?

Probably the best known medical checklist is the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, which was developed by WHO’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program led by Atul Gawande, MD. Dr Gawande is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and is the author of “The Checklist Manifesto”. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Preventing “Dead In Bed Syndrome” with Patients After Surgery

Survey found that a patient safety checklist may help prevent “dead In bed” syndrome.

by Michael Wong

In our recently conducted survey among healthcare providers, almost all the respondents (85%) favor the development and use of safety checklists.

Because of this strong desire of healthcare professionals to have a checklist, PPAHS is putting together a working group to create a checklist targeted towards patient-controlled analgesia. This checklist would reinforce the need for continuous electronic monitoring for oxygenation and ventilation. Read More