Death Rates Can Be Reduced By the Use of Surgery Checklists

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With the improvements and advancements in the field of health care, certain necessary treatment options also arise. These treatment options are considered significant in the medical field because these help client achieve autonomy by choosing the treatment they want to undergo. However, there are some diseases and even incidences in which there could only be a few best options and one of these include surgery. Going into a surgery can be traumatic and fearful to individuals, especially if it is their first time to undergo such a procedure.

These patients are afraid to go into surgery because they do not know what will happen to them once the surgery started, and how they will be able to cope after the surgery; while others are afraid to die while the surgery is ongoing. Although these fears may affect the disposition of the client, explanation of events and procedures are still best for these clients, as well as through the use of necessary protocols.

In fact, according to a new Netherlands study, death rates of patients who underwent surgery can be reduced through the use of a surgical checklist, though results depend on the surgical team. Also, the decrease in the death rates is found out to be minimal as compared to the results of other studies.

Surgical checklist is a form which has to be checked before a patient will be undergoing a specific surgery. It is composed of several sections which includes the things that the patient should accomplish first before going into the surgery proper. The World Health Organization had developed a surgical safety checklist and it is now being used in numerous hospitals across the globe.

The new study which was published in the Annals of Surgery included the analysis and examination death rates of individuals who underwent surgeries in one of the hospital known as the University Medical Center Utrecht, in the Netherlands.

Moreover, researchers found out that their findings revealed a minimal decrease in the death rates as compared to the results of other studies. In a study conducted in 2009, the death rate cut off of patients was from 1.5 per cent to about 0.8 per cent. In the current study, researchers found out a significant smaller decrease in the rate which is from 3.1 per cent to about 2.8 per cent during the first year and a half using of the said checklist. Overall, death rates can be further reduced through team and collaborative efforts, according to the researchers.




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