SCP: WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Innovator of the SCP and country of origin


In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Safety Group started to work on the Second Global Patient Safety Challenge – Safe Surgery Saves Lives (AHRQ 2013). Based on this work, the WHO published the first edition of WHO guidelines for safe surgery in 2008 that was used as a basis for the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist which was launched in the same year (World Alliance for Patient Safety 2008, AHRQ 2013). Updated versions of the guidelines, checklist and implementation manual were released in September 2009 (WHO 2013).