The World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist

Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2010 May;71(5):276-80. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2010.71.5.47908.


The World Health Organization produced the Surgical Safety Checklist to improve patient safety. This review examines the supporting evidence, the results of a study of its worldwide trial and discusses the possible mechanisms of its effects.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Checklist*
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Safety Management / standards*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / adverse effects
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / standards*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control
  • Total Quality Management / organization & administration*
  • Venous Thromboembolism / prevention & control
  • World Health Organization*