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Where are the surgeons? A safety opportunity missed?
  1. Stephen Clark
  1. Correspondence to Stephen Clark, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN, UK; s.c.clark{at}

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To the Editor, The introduction of a patient safety checklist by Cahill et al1 is a welcome addition for interventional cardiologists and is a concept practiced by surgeons in all disciplines for a number of years since the original WHO patient safety checklist was proven to be of benefit in a global and multidisciplinary setting.2 The European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery embraced this ideal in 20123 with the publication of safety checklists that were specific to the …

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