Patient safety

Tools & resources

The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and implementation manual are available for download in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.


Locally adapted checklists

The WHO's checklist is not intended to be comprehensive, and additions and modifications to fit local practice are encouraged. Click here to see how others have done just this.



Instructional videos

These videos are intended to teach potential users how to and how not to perform the checklist in a real-world environment.


Starter Kit

Technical resources

This starter kit will help administrators, clinicians, nurses, and other patient safety personnel walk through the process of implementing the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in a facility.


Speakers' Kit

Use this speakers' kit to teach your colleagues about the Safe Surgery Saves Lives campaign and to ask them to consider implementing the checklist at your institution.