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Timeouts – good for 5 year olds and patient safety too

Here are a couple of articles  you may find interesting on the importance of timeouts and checklists in surgical settings and how teamwork can help prevent avoidable errors.

Preventing Wrong-Site Surgery in Minnesota: A 5-Year Journey
By Diane Rydrych, MA; Julie Apold, MA; and Kathleen Harder, PhD (Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare website,

Thirty-Day Outcomes Support Implementation of a Surgical Safety Checklist
Abstract presented at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, July 2012, and at the Connecticut American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, Farmington, CT, November 2011.  (Journal of the American College of Surgeons website,

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