Surgical Safety Checklist Compliance

The Surgical Safety Checklist (SSCL) is considered “performed” when the designated checklist coordinator confirms that surgical team members have implemented and/or addressed all of the necessary tasks and items.

This checklist indicates if the OR team paused to verify and reach consensus on patient identity surgical procedure and operative site/side.


What is a surgical safety checklist?

A surgical safety checklist is a patient safety communication tool that is used by a team of operating room professionals (nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and others) to discuss important details about each surgical case. It is a final check prior to surgery used to make sure everyone knows the important medical information they need to know about the patient, all equipment and everyone is ready to proceed.

In some rare cases, such as acute trauma, there may be little or no time available since the patient's life may be in danger. In these cases, the surgical safety checklist may not be performed.

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