The article calls attention to five benefits of safety checklists in healthcare settings:
- Checklists provide a sense of confidence that you’ve taken all the right steps.
- Checklists are effective at reducing medical mistakes.
- Reducing medical mistakes lowers litigation costs.
- Checklists provide technical solutions for technical problems.
- Checklists are free.
The article explores how checklists can summarize evidence-based research to guide decisions. It also examines how checklists can improve processes at hospitals, using the PCA Safety Checklist as an example of how checklists can lead to better patient outcomes.