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The Error of Omission: A Simple Checklist Approach for Improving Operating Room Safety

Rosenfield, Lorne K. M.D.; Chang, David S. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: January 2009 - Volume 123 - Issue 1 - p 399-402
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318193472f

Summary: The primary goal of patient safety must go hand in hand with the goal of producing reliably good aesthetic and functional results. The implementation of a proactive checklist improves operating room communication and takes the necessary step toward reducing the often neglected errors of omission. These steps are necessary if we are to ultimately achieve our goal of improving safety comprehensively in the operating room.

Burlingame and San Francisco, Calif.

From private practice and the Division of Plastic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco.

Received for publication February 4, 2008; accepted April 10, 2008.

Disclosure:Neither of the authors has a conflict of interest to disclose in relation to the content of this article.

Lorne K. Rosenfield, M.D., 1750 El Camino Real, Suite 405, Burlingame, Calif. 94010,

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