Patient safety

WHO guidelines for safe surgery: safe surgery saves lives

World Health Organization

Cover of publications: Guidelines for safe surgery

Publication details

Number of pages: 124
Publication date: 2009
ISBN: 9789241598552



While surgical procedures are intended to save lives, unsafe surgical care can cause substantial harm. The WHO Guidelines on Safe Surgery were developed to address surgical safety. These guidelines have undergone review and testing at pilot sites around the world. There is wide recognition that every country can improve the safety of its surgical care and that this is a critical matter of public health, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide each year. By creating a culture of safety, WHO is seeking to promote practice standards that reduce injuries and save lives.

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