ACOG Committee Opinion No. 792: Clinical Guidelines and Standardization of Practice to Improve Outcomes


Protocols and checklists have been shown to reduce patient harm through improved standardization and communication. Implementation of protocols and guidelines often is delayed because of lack of health care provider awareness or difficult clinical algorithms in medical institutions. However, the use of checklists and protocols clearly has been demonstrated to improve outcomes and their use is strongly encouraged. Checklists and protocols should be incorporated into systems as a way to help practitioners provide the best evidence-based care to their patients.

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Reference: Obstetrics & Gynecology: Oct 2019 – Volume 134 – Issue 4 – p e122–e125
doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003454