Zachary M. Soler, MD, is a consultant for Ora (Andover, MA). Timothy L. Smith, MD, is funded by grant support from the NIH/NIDCD for research unrelated to this effort. Dr. Smith is also a consultant for Intersect ENT (Palo Alto, CA), which did not provide financial or material support for this manuscript. The authors have no other funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.
How I Do It
Endoscopic sinus surgery checklist†
Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 122, Issue 1, pages 137–139, January 2012
How to Cite
Soler, Z. M. and Smith, T. L. (2012), Endoscopic sinus surgery checklist. The Laryngoscope, 122: 137–139. doi: 10.1002/lary.22430
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 6 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Received: 19 SEP 2011
- preoperative procedures;
- surgical errors;
- medical errors;
- Level of Evidence: 5
Over 250,000 endoscopic sinus surgeries are performed yearly in the United States alone. Although overall complication rates are low, errors can lead to significant morbidity due to the close proximity of the sinuses to the orbit and skull base and the resultant potential for blindness, cerebrospinal fluid leak, and catastrophic bleeding. Surgical checklists are endorsed by the World Health Organization and have been incorporated into most U.S. operating rooms as a measure to minimize avoidable errors. Standardized surgical checklists were developed with general and/or orthopedic procedures in mind, but in many instances they fail to incorporate concerns specific to endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). In response to this clinical problem, we sought to develop and institute an ESS surgical checklist. This checklist can serve as a template for physicians who perform ESS and wish to prevent avoidable adverse events.