Contact information:  

HAS, France

Bruno Lucet, [email protected]


Originally developed by: HAS/CEPPRAL
Country of origin: France
Year of development: 2012
Last updated: No
Next update: No
Available in the following languages: English, French

Type of tool: tool for reminding staff in the workplace

Short description

Marking the surgical site has confronted the teams at the hospitals with difficulties with implementation that have led to them reviewing their previous marking practice (when this was done). The objective of this marking guide, created by CEPPRAL and HAS, with the support of the Joint Commission and in collaboration with the hospitals, is to assist hospitals in the implementation of the marking procedure according to the requirements of High 5s and to respond to their questions, in particular with respect to medico-legal responsibility. It is also a tool for medico-surgical and nursing team professionals who wish to improve and harmonise their marking practices.

Target audience

Healthcare professionals

Applicability (setting e.g. inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care etc.)


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

Ongoing implementation in  8 French HCOs participating in the High 5s project (SOP safe surgery).