SAGES Laparoscopic Surgery Safety Checklist

  • Esteban VarelaEmail author
  • L. Michael Brunt


Laparoscopic surgery has become the preferred approach for a wide variety of intra-abdominal pathology. As a result, hundreds of thousands of laparoscopic procedures are undertaken in the USA every year. For example, approximately 500,000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies and 200,000 laparoscopic gastric bypasses alone are being performed yearly. Surgical complications such as wound infections and postoperative bleeding account for nearly half of all surgical adverse events and many of these are thought to be potentially preventable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryBarnes Jewish HospitalSt. LouisUSA

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