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Surgical checklist to 'save lives'

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Deaths among patients undergoing major surgery almost halved when surgeons used a simple checklist during operations.

The checklist, devised by the World Health Organization, was tested in eight cities around the globe and the National Patient Safety Agency has ordered all hospitals in England and Wales to use it across the board by February 2010.

Sophie Hutchinson reports.

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