Patient safety

Tools & resources

The 2009 edition of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and implementation manual are available for download in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. The WHO Guidelines for Safe Surgery in English can also be downloaded.


Pilot study - NEJM

In 2008, the Safe Surgery Saves Lives team piloted the checklist in 8 sites across the globe. The results of this study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2009.


Checklist reproduction and adaptation guide

Details on how to reproduce and modify the checklist at your home institution.


Locally adapted checklists

The WHO's checklist is not intended to be comprehensive, and additions and modifications to fit local practice are encouraged. Click here to see how others have done just this.



Does my checklist meet the goals of the WHO's checklist?

Once you've developed your own adapted version of the checklist using the Checklist Adaptation Guide, we encourage you to consult this document to ensure that your checklist meets the goals of the WHO Checklist.


Instructional videos

These videos are intended to teach potential users how to and how not to perform the checklist in a real-world environment.


Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Answers to questions about the checklist and its implementation


Starter Kit

Technical resources

This starter kit will help administrators, clinicians, nurses, and other patient safety personnel walk through the process of implementing the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in a facility.


Speakers' Kit

Use this speakers' kit to teach your colleagues about the Safe Surgery Saves Lives campaign and to ask them to consider implementing the checklist at your institution.