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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009, 11:16 A.M.

Surgical checklist

In Wednesday's column, I noted a surgical checklist that has proven to be effective in saving lives and limiting post-op complications. A reader wondered what the entire list looked like.

Take this link and scroll down to Table 1. Some basic stuff, yet a lot of hospitals didn't have checklists before the Institutes of Medicine's shocking report on medical errors, many of which are avoidable. Some have been reluctant to act.

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