COVID-19 Surgical Patient Checklist

The COVID-19 Surgical Patient Checklist works to keep surgical teams safe from infection whilst performing surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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. It offers prompts to perform key infection prevention strategies when a surgical procedure is required for a COVID-positive or suspected patient. This Checklist was developed by a team of surgeons and anesthesiologists at Lifebox with input from surgical teams representing seven different African nations. Smile Train and the World Federation of the Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) have lent their support.

Lifebox is hosting workshops on the use of the COVID-19 Surgical Patient Checklist and is developing a cadre of trainers across Africa, Asia and Latin America. For more information, contact