We launched our efforts in the state of South Carolina where all of the hospitals have committed to putting the checklist into routine use in their operating rooms by the end of 2013. Successful implementation and proper use of the checklist is expected to save more than 500 lives per year in the state of South Carolina. Our program includes a curriculum that teaches hospital representatives how to put the checklist into place in a meaningful way. The program is supplemented by monitoring the impact that the checklist has on culture and patient outcomes, and by offering operating room team training to surgical teams.
We recently expanded this program to additional health facilities across the United States. Today we are actively working with the hospital associations of North Carolina and Virginia as well as the American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET).