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A safety checklist for transoesophageal echocardiography from the British Society of Echocardiography and the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists.

Sharma, V and Alderton, S and McNamara, H and Steeds, R and Bradlow, W and Chenzbraun, A and Oxborough, D and Mathew, T and Jones, R and Wheeler, R and Sandoval, J and Lloyd, G and O'Gallagher, K and Knight, D and Ring, L and Collins, K and O'Keeffe, N and Fletcher, N and Harkness, A and Rana, B (2015) A safety checklist for transoesophageal echocardiography from the British Society of Echocardiography and the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists. Echo Research and Practice, 2 (4). G25-G27. ISSN 2055-0464

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Abstract

The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the Surgical Safety Checklist in 2008. The introduction of this checklist resulted in a significant reduction in the incidence of complications and death in patients undergoing surgery. Consequently, the WHO Surgical Safety checklist is recommended for use by the National Patient Safety Agency for all patients undergoing surgery. However, many invasive or interventional procedures occur outside the theatre setting and there are increasing requirements for a safety checklist to be used prior to such procedures. Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is an invasive procedure and although generally considered to be safe, it carries the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Strict adherence to a safety checklist may reduce the rate of significant complications during TOE. However, the standard WHO Surgical Safety Checklist is not designed for procedures outside the theatre environment and therefore this document is designed to be a procedure-specific safety checklist for TOE. It has been endorsed for use by the British Society of Echocardiography and the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: safety checklist; transoesophageal echocardiography
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Bio Scientifica
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 17:20
DOI or Identification number: 10.1530/ERP-15-0035
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3915

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