Safe Surgery Checklist Use
Hospitals can help reduce the number of surgical complications and deaths by using a safe surgery checklist. Examples of safe surgery checklists are available from several national and state organizations, as well as from the World Health Organization (WHO)- Opens in a new window Exit Disclaimer - Opens in a new window. Hospital Compare provides information on whether a hospital uses a safe surgery checklist which includes safe surgery practices during each of the three critical perioperative periods:
- The period prior to the administration of anesthesia;
- The period prior to skin incision; and
- The period of closure of incision and prior to patient leaving the operating room.
Hospitals provide this information through an online entry tool, and update it on an annual basis.
Below are examples of safe surgery practices which may be included in a checklist:
|First critical point (period prior to administering anesthesia)||Second critical point (period prior to skin incision)||Third critical point (period of closure of incision and prior to patient leaving the operating room)|