Yet Another Argument in Favor of Patient Safety Checklists

A speaker representing the Oncology Nursing Society in Pittsburgh recently told an audience at the annual conference of the Medical Group Management Association that The Johns Hopkins Hospital saves $2 million a year through the use of a five item checklist for medical staff.

While checklists may seem so simple that they might not work, checklists remain important.  Checklists can make physicians more efficient and help save medical practices time and money. Of course, checklists may also lead to safer medical outcomes for patients as fewer preventable medical mistakes may be made.