WHO Surgical Safety Checklist
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 19-item 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.
Access the Checklist in your language:
- Arabic [pdf 524kb]
- Chinese [pdf 161kb]
- English [pdf 920kb]
- French [pdf 497kb]
- Russian [pdf 112kb]
Spanish [pdf 490kb]
Implementation of the Checklist
As with any novel tool, one of the biggest challenges has been to ensure successful implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What is the evidence behind the Checklist? Is it applicable in low- and middle-income countries?
A range of professional societies and organizations from countries worldwide have expressed their support for the creation of a WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and the Safe Surgery initiative.
If you endorse use of the Checklist, but your organization’s name is not listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.