Surgical Safety Checklist

The Surgical Safety Checklist is a patient safety communication tool that is used by a team of operating room professionals (nurses, surgeons, anaesthesiologists, and others) to discuss important details about each surgical case. The surgical safety checklist helps ensure that important safety steps are followed for each and every operation. It is a final check prior to surgery used to make sure everyone knows the important medical information they need to know about the patient, all equipment is available and in working order, and everyone is ready to proceed.


What information is included in a surgical safety checklist?
Some examples of items contained in the checklist include:

The Briefing Phase:
Verify with patient name and procedure to be done
Patient gives surgical consent
Allergy check
Medications check
Patient positioning

The "Time Out" Phase:
Operation site, side and procedure
Antibiotics check

The Debriefing Phase:
Specimens labelled and sent
Surgeon reviews important news
Anaesthesiologist reviews important news
Nurse reviews correct counts

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