AAOS Report - February, 2005

Board of Directors approves OBS Report and Checklist

To assist physicians' efforts to improve patient safety, the AAOS has developed concise patient safety checklists to be used preoperatively and postoperatively in office-based surgery (OBS). The preoperative checklist ensures that the surgeon has considered issues related to a particular patient's safety for a specific procedure and that certain safety-related processes have been performed prior to operating. The post-operative checklist ensures that the surgeon considers issues related to the safety of patients at discharge. The AAOS is dedicated to improving patient safety by implementing programs to ensure that patient safety is a cornerstone of orthopaedic practice. These checklists are available and can be downloaded from the AAOS Patient Safety Web site at http://patientsafety.aaos.org.

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