A simple-to-use, inexpensive, low-risk tool that is not about ticking boxes but about keeping patients safe — it encourages surgeons, anaesthetists and perioperative nurses to work as a team, communicate and engage fully in safety processes
Following pilot implementation of the World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist (the Checklist), a 30% reduction in surgery-related death and complications was achieved — a great result from a simple and affordable intervention!1 The Checklist2 was launched in Australia by the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, on 19 August 2009, and a week later in New Zealand by the Hon Tony Ryall MP, Minister of Health. Similar launches have occurred around the world.
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