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Outpatient Surgery Article On Using A Safe Surgery Checklist

Use if Safe Surgery Checklist – Implementing Safe Surgery Checklist

As discussed in previous posts, ASCs and hospital outpatient departments must begin using a Safe Surgery Checklist by January 1, 2012.  Certification will need to be made that the checklist was used throughout 2012.  The regulations contain little detail on what it actually means to “use” a Safe Surgery Checklist.  I have seen a variety of opinions on this issue ranging from simply posting it in the operating room through documenting each checklist item in the medical chart.

A relatively recent article in Outpatient Surgery online magazine may provide some level of guidance for providers who are struggling for an answer on the level of “use” that is required.  Check out the article on Safe Surgery Checklist integration

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