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Welcome to safesurg.org! This website is designed to support individuals and institutions interested in improving the safety of surgical practices. For those who are interested in either learning more about the WHO's Surgical Safety Checklist or in implementing the checklist at their institution, please click on the "Materials" tab for a variety of background and implementation resources. For those who are already using the checklist, please click on the "Register/Map" tab to register your hospital with the WHO. For those interested in learning more about the checklist and the Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative, please scroll down to read a brief history of the program. We encourage all visitors to regularly check the "News" tab to stay on top of exciting developments.
NEW! - Implementing the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in Ethiopia
The WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives Checklist was created by an international group of experts gathered by the WHO with the goal of improving the safety of patients undergoing surgical procedures around the globe. Input from anesthesiologists, operating theatre nurses, surgeons, patients and other professionals was used in the development of this tool. Both small and large scale clinical testing of the checklist has been performed culminating in a multi-site pilot study with results published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2009. In sites that ranged from small district hospitals to large medical centers in diverse geographic settings, the use of a 19-item checklist was demonstrated to reduce the complications and mortality associated with a variety of surgical procedures by greater than 30 percent. The checklist has been designed to be simple to use and applicable in many settings. It is currently in active use in operating rooms around the world.