Implementing a pediatric surgical safety checklist in the OR and beyond

AORN J. 2010 Jul;92(1):61-71. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2009.11.069.


An international study about implementation of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist showed that use of the checklist reduced complication and death rates in adult surgical patients. Clinicians at Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts, modified the Surgical Safety Checklist for pediatric populations. We pilot tested the Pediatric Surgical Safety Checklist and created a large checklist poster for each OR to allow the entire surgical team to view the checklist simultaneously and to promote shared responsibility for conducting the time out. Results of the pilot test showed improvements in teamwork, communication, and adherence to process measures. Parallel efforts were made in other areas of the hospital where invasive procedures are performed. Compliance with the checklist at our facility has been good, and team members have expressed satisfaction with the flow and content of the checklist.

MeSH terms

  • Guideline Adherence
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Operating Rooms / standards*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Pediatrics*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*