[PDF] Safe Surgery Saves Lives : starter kit for surgical checklist implementation. Version 1.0

World Health Organization
World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication date:
29 June 2009


The World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist is a tool created by leaders in surgery, anaesthesia, nursing and quality improvement to reduce the number of errors and complications resulting from surgery. The checklist outlines essential standards of surgical care and is designed to be simple, widely applicable and address common and potentially disastrous lapses.

Every operating room team can improve the safety and efficacy of care delivered to surgical patients. The WHO has created this starter kit to help you and your hospital implement a checklist that can identify gaps in perioperative practice and establish or confirm adherence to proven standards of care that can improve surgical results and decrease deaths and complications. The starter kit also provides a detailed explanation of strategies for putting this checklist into place, a means of identifying essential staff members and clinicians, and a guide for troubleshooting problems that are bound to arise during the process of implementation.