Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.

Project Center

University of Massachusetts Medical Center


A number of recent studies have demonstrated that the implementation of a WHO pre-operative checklist reduces complications, patient morbidity and mortality, as well as health care expenditures. The purpose of this study was to determine the applicability of these findings and trends to a neurosurgical service at a major academic medical center in Massachusetts, with a particular focus on communication and operating room efficiency. To further this QI initiative, ten anesthesiologists were assigned to be part of the assigned to be part of the core neuroanesthesia team including the eight neurosurgical OR personnel. The data indicate that the proper use of a checklist can improve operating room performance, however, compliance with the checklist needs to be improved.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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