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Improved patient care is a checklist away

A simple checklist for common diagnoses can dramatically reduce patient deaths, according to a new study.

Three London hospitals started using eight “care bundles” to target common clinical issues (such as vomiting and surgical site infections) as part of the treatment for 13 specific diagnoses, ranging from senility and mental illness to COPD and heart failure.

Each care bundle consisted of a treatment checklist, space for medical notes, a way to flag affected patients and a tracer backing form. Each bundle was printed on one page, with a sticker to attach to the patient’s chart on the first day of treatment.

After a year of use, there were 255 fewer deaths at the hospitals than in the previous year — a 14.5% decrease. The targeted diagnoses accounted for 174 fewer deaths.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal.

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