Critical care checklists: A case for streamlining the approval process in quality-improvement research

Checklists have been recently promulgated as a method to enhance patient safety and improve outcomes for the critically ill patients.

Patients are advised to make a checklist before they see a doctor. Now, your ICU doctor should probably make a checklist before he sees you.

The podcasting intensivist Rich Savel, medical co-director of the surgical intensive care unit at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, just published a paper in the journal of Critical Care Medicine on the checklists in the ICU. Here is a link to his paper:

Critical care checklists, the Keystone Project, and the Office for Human Research Protections: A case for streamlining the approval process in quality-improvement research.

Richard Savel is the author of many firsts. In 2005, he made the first podcast for a national medical society -- the official podcast of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2006, Dr. Savel published the first paper about medical podcasting in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

One of the First Journal Articles About Podcasting
How a Critical Care Podcast Was Born
Advice for Patients: Make a Checklist Before You See the Doctor
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