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Safe surgery, a checklist

Contact information:

Grand Hôpital de Charleroi (GHdC), Belgium

Originally developed by:

Based on the checklist developed by WHO

Year of development:


Last updated:


Next update:

2014 or 2015

Available in the following languages:


Reason for not fulfilling the requirements:

Not available in English

Type of tool: tool for communication within the team

La securite du patient au Bloc operatoire.pdf
Liste de controle de la securite chirurgicale.pdf
Liste de controle de la securite chirurgicale - En pratique.pdf

Short description

The checklist identifies 3 phases of an operation, each corresponding to a specific period in the normal flow of work: before anaesthesia, before incision, before the patient leaves the operating room. The surgery team must orally confirm that it has completed the listed tasks.

Target audience

surgeon, anaesthetist, nurse; together and at the same time

Information on how the tool has been applied/tested in practice

Tested in November 2011 in a few operating rooms. 
Audit of the completion of the checklist. 
Applied since  January 2012 in all operating rooms. 
Surgery teams resist to use it.

Needed time for implementation

A few years

Strengths and limitations

Aim of the WHO Checklist is not understood by the surgery team, which is not used to orally sharing basic patient information.

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