ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Checklist Boards Corporation announces the successful installation of Surgical Checklist Boards at their 500th client hospital.
Rick Taylor, President of the Checklist Boards Corporation, reports, "We are pleased to announce Checklist Boards products have met our healthcare industry goal to reduce medical procedure risk by preventing errors and saving lives. We receive positive feedback from our clients concerning readmissions, cost savings and improved patient safety."
Nathan Mast, Patient Safety Officer at Humility of Mary Health Partners of Central Ohio reports a 31% reduction in readmissions and a savings of $2 million after the installation of Checklist Boards Corporation products.
Sandra Washington, Chief Nursing Officer Department of Veterans Affairs reports, "We use Checklist Boards in our surgical suites. The Joint Commission noted them as a Best Practice."
A Checklist Board is easy to see and easy to use. The large, interactive checklist has line items that the surgical team confirms as complete. The Right Patient, Right Procedure, and Right Side are only the beginning. Depending on the surgery or invasive procedure, up to 25 line items are included. Each Checklist Board is custom made to the hospital's exact specifications and may include Time-Out confirmations for before, during and after procedures.
Surgical Checklist Boards have their origin in the aviation industry.
In October 1935, a B-17 took off for a test flight. The 4-engine, 5-crew B-17 was the most complex aircraft at the time. After a normal taxi and takeoff, the plane suddenly rolled to one side and crashed. The investigation showed a pilot error of not releasing a simple control surface lock. The press dubbed the aircraft too complex for one person to fly.
The B-17 wasn't too complex for one person to fly, it was simply too complex for one person's memory. What was needed was some way of making sure everything was done; that no single thing was overlooked. The result was the development of 4 checklists, one each for before takeoff, during flight, before landing, and after landing. With checklist use, 12,000 B-17s then flew millions of miles without incident.
The same need for making sure everything is done, that no single thing is overlooked, is what is needed to prevent surgical Never Event errors and errors of omission.
Today, 500 hospitals use Time-Out Surgical Checklist Boards before, during and after every procedure.
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Contact: Rick Taylor at www.ChecklistBoards.com - 585-586-0152
Checklist Boards Corporation
763 Linden Avenue
Rochester, NY 14625
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