In keeping with their commitment to providing quality medical software at little to no cost, QxMD’s ‘Safe OR’ has been re-released as a free application on March 13, 2010.

This application is an adaptation of the WHO’s ‘Surgical Safety Checklist’, created in an effort to help surgical teams confirm that critical safety steps are completed before an operation proceeds.     The intervention was formally studied and the results published in early 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine  (Haynes et al for the Safe Surgery Saves Lives Study Group.  A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population).

Within hours of being released of a free application, the app has surpassed Epocrates in popularity and hit the number 3 position in the Free Medical Software category in the iTunes App Store (see figure below).

Safe OR Ranks Number 3 Medical App

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