World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist
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The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist was developed after extensive consultation aiming to decrease errors and adverse events, and increase teamwork and communication in surgery. The surgical checklist has gone on to show significant reduction in both morbidity and mortality and is now used by a majority of surgical providers around the world. The checklist is not intended to be comprehensive. Additions and modifications to fit local practice are encouraged.
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Before induction of anaesthesia

Has the patient confirmed his/her identity, site, procedure, and consent?
Yes
No
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Is the site marked?
Yes
No
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Is the anaesthesia machine and medication check complete?
Yes
No
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Is the pulse oximeter on the patient and functioning?
Yes
No
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Known allergy?
No
Yes
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Difficult airway or aspiration risk?
No
Yes
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Risk of >500ml blood loss (7ml/kg in children)?
No
Yes & 2 IV/central access & fluids planned
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Before skin incision

Confirm all team members have introduced themselves by name and role
Yes
No
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Confirm the patient's name, procedure, and where the incision will be made
Yes
No
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Had antibiotic prophylaxis have been given within the last 60 minutes?
Yes
No
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Anticipated Critical Events

What are the critical or non-routine steps?
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How long will the case take?
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What is the anticipated blood loss?
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Are there any patient specific concerns?
No
Yes
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Has sterility (including indicator results) been confirmed?
Yes
No
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Are there equipment issues or any concerns?
No
Yes
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Is essential imaging displayed?
Yes
No
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Before patient leaves operating room

The name of the procedure?
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Completion of instrument, sponge and needle counts
Yes
No
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Specimen labelling (read specimen labels aloud, including patient name)
Yes
No
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Whether there are any equipment problems to be addressed
Yes
No
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Are there any key concerns for recovery and management of this patient?
No
Yes
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