SCP: WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Information on needed resources


The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist is free to download from the WHO website in six languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish). The website also contains examples of locally adapted checklists (WHO 2013).

Human resources are required in order to implement the checklist in the whole HCO (WHO 2009d). Costs of implementing the checklist mostly involve the modification of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, formal staff notification that the use of the checklist is expected and staff training (AHRQ 2013). Semel et al. estimated in 2010 (based on a performed hypothetical decision analysis of checklist introduction in a hospital in the USA) that US $ 103 829 (€ 80 080 as of March 18th 2013) could be saved annually in a hospital which conducts 4000 noncardiac operations.