At UPMC, we do everything possible to prevent surgical complications. As part of our commitment to patient safety, we have adopted a pre-procedure safety checklist developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO checklist is used in every UPMC operating room, including outpatient surgical centers. The checklist identifies three phases of an operation:
In each phase, a checklist coordinator confirms that the surgery team has completed each task before proceeding with the operation.
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