How does implementation of an endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) checklist affect safe surgical practices specific to ESS?
Background: ESS is one of the most common surgical procedures performed by otolaryngologists. A recent review of 62,823 ESS patients indicated a major complication rate of 1 percent. Additionally, rhinology claims represent 70 percent of indemnity compensation for otolaryngology lawsuits. The authors of this study recently developed a surgical checklist specific to ESS with the objective of minimizing avoidable surgical errors.
Explore this issue:October 2012
Study design: Prospective, multi-institutional, observational study.
Setting: Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.; Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery, Oregon Sinus Center, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.