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WHO Surgical Safety Checklist

WHO surgical checklist
Reference number
0861
Central Alert System (CAS) reference
NPSA/2009/PSA002/U1
Issue date26 January 2009
DH Gateway reference
11146
TypeAlert

This Patient Safety Alert alerts healthcare organisations to the release of a World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist for use in any operating theatre environment. It is a tool for the relevant clinical teams to improve the safety of surgery by reducing deaths and complications.

 

In June 2008, WHO launched a second Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives’, to reduce the number of surgical deaths across the world. The checklist is part of this initiative.

 

The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) in collaboration with an expert reference group, has adapted the checklist for use in England and Wales. It contains the core content but can be adapted locally or for specific specialties through usual clinical governance procedures.

 

In England and Wales, 129,419 incidents relating to surgical specialties were reported to the NRLS in 2007 with a range of degrees of harm, including 271 deaths.

 

Organisations are required to:

  • Ensure an executive and a clinical lead are identified in order to implement the surgical safety checklist within the organisation. 
  • Ensure the checklist is completed for every patient undergoing a surgical procedure (including local anaesthesia). 
  • Ensure that the use of the checklist is entered in the clinical notes or electronic record by a registered member of the team.

 






 

Order an A1 poster of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist from Publications.


WHO surgical safety checklist
WHO surgical safety checklist - 466 KB 0861 - WHO surgical safety checklist - 2009.01.26- V1
WHO surgical safety checklist a3
WHO surgical safety checklist a3 - 243 KB 0861B - WHO surgical safety checklist a3 - 2009-01-26 - V1
WHO surgical safety checklist supporting information
WHO surgical safety checklist supporting information - 80 KB 0861C - WHO surgical safety checklist supporting information - 2009-01-26 - V1
WHO surgical safety checklist a4
WHO surgical safety checklist a4 - 247 KB 0861A - WHO surgical safety checklist a4 - 2009-01-26 - V1
Surgical Safety Checklist FAQs
Surgical Safety Checklist FAQs - 38 KB 0861D - Surgical Safety Checklist FAQs - 2010-03-15 - V1
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist
WHO Surgical Safety Checklist - 79 KB 0861E - WHO Surgical Safety Checklist - 2010-04-26 - V1