The authors of an accompanying journal editorial acknowledged that checklists are improving patient care in hospital operating rooms, and said the same consideration is due to patients undergoing outpatient procedures in endoscopy suites, cardiac catheter labs and interventional radiology rooms.
"These patients are deserving of the same safety considerations that are being afforded to those undergoing an operation," wrote the authors, from Imperial College London and Harvard University.
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