[PDF] Safe surgery saves lives : the second global patient safety challenge

World Health Organization
World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication date:
24 June 2008


Tools to help surgical teams implement the WHO surgical safety checklist. The checklist was developed as part of the Safe Surgery Saves Lives Challenge that aims "to improve the safety of surgical care around the world by ensuring adherence to proven standards of care in all states".

Resources include:

  • WHO surgical safety checklist
  • Checklist implementation manual
  • FAQs
  • A starter kit to help personnel implement the safety checklist
  • A speaker kit to teach other colleagues about the campaign
  • WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives guidelines