COVID-19 Surgical Patient Checklist

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A safe operation involves coordination between many members of the surgical team; the Surgical Safety Checklist has been implemented in operating rooms across the globe to keep patients safe for over 10 years. During the COVID pandemic, essential and lifesaving operations will still be needed, however, operating on a COVID-positive or suspected patient can put the entire healthcare team at risk.
In the spirit of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, the COVID-19 Surgical Patient Checklist is a simple tool to promote teamwork and communication in the operating room, and offers simple prompts to perform key infection prevention strategies when an operation is required for a COVID-positive or suspected patient. This was developed by a team of surgeons and anesthesiologists at Lifebox with input from surgical teams representing 7 different African nations, and Smile Train and the World Federation of the Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) have lent their support.