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Groundbreaking Training Video Prepares Surgical Team to Become Safest in the U.S.
Date:2/23/2013

Collierville, Tennessee (PRWEB) February 23, 2013

Vassar Brothers Medical Center, in partnership with the safety experts from LifeWings, was one of the first hospitals in New York to use a safe surgery checklist. Now, they are one of the first to create a cutting edge training video to ensure every member of their surgical team becomes an expert in the use of the checklist.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York recently created a groundbreaking training for their surgical teams. The video shows exactly how a safe surgery checklist should be used to prevent medical mistakes. Using techniques learned form LifeWings, a patient safety company made up of pilots and former NASA astronauts, Vassar Brothers was one of the first hospitals in the country to adopt checklists from the aviation industry. Now, four years later, over 4000 hospitals worldwide use a safe surgery checklist.

Despite the widespread use of the checklist, numerous surgical mistakes still happen. Surgeons make such mistakes more than 4,000 times a year in the U.S., according to a study led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "These sorts of mistakes happen because very few hospitals really know how to use the checklist correctly," says Steve Harden, CEO of LifeWings Partners LLC, and former TOPGUN flight instructor and airline pilot. “Checklists look easy, but they take a lot of attention to detai
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