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Randomised controlled trial
A checklist-based tool for postoperative complications may improve and standardise patient care
  1. Naina Mohan
  1. Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Croydon University Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Naina Mohan, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Croydon University Hospital, 430 London Road, Thornton Heath, London CR7 7YE, UK; naina.mohan{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The use of checklists improved the management of postoperative complications by providing a standardised, evidence-based approach to clinical scenarios. They also improved communication and teamwork within multidisciplinary teams.

  • As these improvements were observed in a simulated environment, clinical implementation studies are required to validate the results.


The postoperative phase of gastrointestinal surgery is fraught with complications, with significantly high morbidity rates. The management of these complications is extremely variable, being affected by a number of factors such as time constraints, staffing and adherence to best-practice guidelines. Checklists have successfully been introduced into other areas of …

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