Patient Safety
Dennis J. Cheek RN, PhD, FAHA
Terri S. Jones RN, CRNA, DNP

August 2009 
Volume 39  Number 8
Pages 14 - 15
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PERHAPS HALF OF surgical complications could be prevented. Studies in industrialized nations show a rate of major complications of 3% to 17% and a perioperative death rate of 0.4% to 0.8%. 1

The public health community around the world needs to focus on reducing complications from surgeries. In this article, we'll describe the World Health Organization (WHO) Second Global Patient Safety Challenge, called Safe Surgery Saves Lives, and provide practical advice for implementing it. 2

Ten essential steps ...

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