Surgical Checklists Cut Errors

Side Note: A recent study published in the Annals of Surgery reviewed surgical data from the largest medical liability insurer in the Netherlands. The study, which reviewed surgeries from 2004-2005 in which 294 successful med mal claims were made, identified the main reasons for the claims and then compared them to a surgical checklist called SURPASS. The findings revealed that almost one-third of the med mal claims made could have been caught with the use of a surgical checklist. Although the results are not surprising, surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, who has written at length on the topic, says that “…only about a fourth of U.S. hospitals use one of the three checklists that have been proven to work.” This is surprising, considering that reducing errors would reduce med mal liability, which would ultimately reduce med mal insurance costs.

If you would like to cut your med mal costs, fill out our complementary, no-obligation quote form.

Surgical checklists might cut malpractice claims
By Frederik Joelving
REUTERS, NEW YORK | Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:08am EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Surgical checklists not only save lives by preventing medical errors, they could also make a big dent in medical malpractice claims, Dutch researchers say.

See Article

You may also like

Legislative panel approves medical malpractice bill
Read more
Urgent-care centers: Illinois numbers grow as time-pressed families seek low-cost option to ERs
Read more
Global Center for Medical Innovation launches
Read more

Recent Posts

Alaska Supreme Court Overturns Law Limiting Awards in Some Medical Malpractice Cases

Study Shows Wide Variance Among States’ Malpractice Costs

Health Insurer Sued for Medical Malpractice Over Prior Authorization

Popular Posts

California Healthcare Providers, Trial Attorneys, Legislators Reach Deal to Increase MICRA Cap

2022 Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates: What the data tells us

Global Center for Medical Innovation launches

Start Your Custom Quote Process™

Request a free quote