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Webinar Addresses Importance of Checklists

Healthmark Webinar: Making a List and Checking it Twice - The Importance of ChecklistsThe recent OR Today webinar “Making a List and Checking it Twice” sponsored by Healthmark Industries was eligible for one (1) continuing (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

This 60-minute webinar featured a panel of experts from Healthmark, including Clinical Educator Emeritus Stephen Kovach, Clinical Education Coordinators Seth Hendee, John Whelan and Kevin Anderson, and Special Projects Manager Jahan Azizi. These professionals provided an overview of the importance of the use of checklists in health care facilities as significant steps for patient safety. Along with improving patient safety, checklists create a great sense of confidence that the process is completed accurately and thoroughly. Overall, the webinar explained why checklists are necessary and how they are used in sterile processing, endoscopy, the OR and for biomedical engineering staff.

Over 190 registered attendees tuned in for the live presentation, and even more have viewed a recording of the session at

A post-webinar survey allowed the audience to provide valuable feedback about the presentation.

“It was very interesting to learn about the various ways that checklists are used in the hospital setting and the importance behind them. It really helped to drive home how much patient lives can be impacted when steps are missed. I am looking forward to using what I have learned to reinforce existing/implement new checklists in our sterile processing department,” stated Sterile Processing Quality Assurance & Education Coordinator V. Reed.

“The speakers were engaging and knowledgeable, and the personal stories and flashes of humor they showed made it seem like they were speaking to us live. The topics were well-organized and, as Steve Kovach pointed out at the beginning, were relevant in many health care settings,” added A. Hewitt, clinical education fellow.

“I feel that OR Today webinars share current, relevant topics that help the team become more efficient, effective and stay up-to-date on topics. Really enjoy them,” said T. Ralls, AVP CEE.

This was the final webinar of the 2020 OR Today Webinar Series, which have totaled over 5,800 registrants and averaged 153 attendees per session!

The next OR Today webinar is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021. It is sponsored by ASP. For more information, visit our Webinars page.



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