Patient Safety Checklists Available

According to various studies, within and outside of the practice of obstetrics and gynecology, standardization of health care processes and reduced variation has been shown to improve outcomes and quality of care. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has developed a series of Patient Safety Checklists to help facilitate the standardization process. These checklists reflect emerging clinical, scientific and patient safety advances as of the date issued and are subject to change.  The information should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. Although the components of a particular checklist may be adapted to local resources, standardization of checklists within an institution is strongly encouraged.

Patient Safety Checklists are primarily intended to serve one of two purposes:

1. to identify items or tasks that should be confirmed before or during the scheduling of a procedure or the performance of that procedure or
2. to facilitate documentation of what was accomplished or utilized during a procedure. The latter is done retrospectively, while the former is done prospectively or concurrently.

Because these documents may contain protected health information when completed, the obstetrician–gynecologist and the respective facility should develop a retention policy for their use.

Members may access the Patient Safety Checklists here.

Contact:

Pamela Scarrow
Director, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
pscarrow@acog.org