Safe Surgery Saves Lives
The Second Global Patient Safety Challenge
Access the 2009 edition checklist in your language:
- Arabic [pdf 524kb]
- Chinese [pdf 161kb]
- English [pdf 920kb]
- French [pdf 497kb]
- Russian [pdf 112kb]
- Spanish [pdf 490kb]
The goal of the Safe Surgery Saves Lives Challenge is to improve the safety of surgical care around the world by ensuring adherence to proven standards of care in all countries. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist (above) has improved compliance with standards and decreased complications from surgery in eight pilot hospitals where is was evaluated.
2009 editions of Checklist resources
New versions of the checklist, implementation manual, and guidelines were released in September 2009. While the content of the 19 checklist items remains unchanged, the wording of each has been modified to improve the checklist’s usability. Our implementation manual has been revised to match the checklist, but no other content has been added, and our guidelines have been revised to include the results from the New England Journal of Medicine study. For these resources and many more, please visit our tools and resources page.