Checklists improve care, again

In this before-after observational study in an intensive care unit, the introduction of a multi-faceted checklist improved most bedside care practices (including DVT prophylaxis, restraint ordering, stress ulcer prophylaxis, oral care, electrolyte repletion, and PT evaluations). This adds to the existing literature that standardized checklists can improve the quality and consistency of care delivery (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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