Hospitals, especially their intensive care units, are not particularly safe for patients. Life-threatening mistakes and omissions in care can and do occur. To deter omissions and mistakes wherever possible, our medical intensive care team developed a checklist of care issues that must be addressed daily for every patient in our intensive care unit. The checklist augments our daily, multidisciplinary quality rounds and informs all personnel when important items have been missed. It is too soon to tell whether the checklist has had an impact on our survival rate or length of stay, but we have documented clear imrovement in our attention to these core intensive care issues. In addition, our team’s collegiality and team bonding are enhanced by using an evidence-based tool to achieve our care goals. We share our checklist, so that others can use and/or adapt it in their pursuit of optimal care for their critically ill patiens.

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