Moments before an operation gets under way in 2010, nurse Anna Pevreal asks Dr. Leonard Rosen (second from right) and members of the surgical team the questions on the JGH Surgical Safety Checklist. Their responses determine that the patient’s medical needs have been met and the operation can proceed safely.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesSeptember 2019

From the archives: How a few simple questions have made surgery safer

In 2009, the value of a surgical checklist was confirmed in research by the World Health Organization. In response, the JGH joined the growing ranks of leading hospitals around the world in 2010 by making systematic safety checks mandatory in all types of surgery.