Decade of improved outcomes for patients thanks to Surgical Safety Checklist
Leading figures in health are celebrating ten years of a checklist for surgical teams which has saved countless lives and improved outcomes for patients in England and around the world.
The Surgical Safety Checklist is a simple tool designed to improve communication and teamwork by bringing together the surgeons, anaesthesia providers and nurses involved in care to confirm that critical safety measures are performed before, during and after an operation.
Launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2008, with substantial input from UK clinicians, the checklist was mandated for use in the NHS in January 2009. It is now in standard use across the UK as well as worldwide.