Standardized Care Pathways as a Means to Improve Patient Safety

Surg Clin North Am. 2021 Feb;101(1):49-56. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2020.08.011. Epub 2020 Nov 2.


The literature overwhelmingly supports standardized, evidence-based care to improve patient safety in the surgical setting, including checklists and enhanced recovery programs. Although local culture, patient complexity, and hospital setting can represent barriers to implanting standardized practices, they can be overcome with thoughtful strategies.

Keywords: Checklist; Enhanced recovery; Quality; Safety; Standardization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Pathways / standards*
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety / standards*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / standards*