Reuters: Surgical Checklists Reduce Medical Errors – And Could Cut Malpractice ClaimsReuters: Surgical Checklists Could Cut Malpractice Claims
Surgical checklists not only save lives by preventing medical errors, they could also make a big dent in medical malpractice claims, according to a study in the Netherlands. Using data from the country's largest medical liability insurer, a team led by Eefje de Vries of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam found that nearly a third of the malpractice claims arose from mistakes that likely would have been caught by a checklist (Joelving, 1/13). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.