Infection checklist proven to save lives

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 2, 2011

The checklist Peter Pronovost, MD, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is famous for has now proven to reduce patient deaths in Michigan hospitals by 10%.

The safety checklist program that helps to eliminate bloodstream infections by ensuring providers follow a series of steps has been found by British Medical Journal (BMJ) to show a drop in patient mortality in Michigan hospitals. Though previous studies found a reduction in infections, this is the first to link the checklist program with reduced mortality.

"It's breathtaking," Pronovost told The Baltimore Sun. "With our program, patients are alive who wouldn't be if they were outside Michigan."

Read BMJ's full study.