Safe Surgical Hands

We’ve heard a lot of stories of complication, injury and even death in surgery over the last five years – but not a single one begins with an operating room team saying:

“Today we’re going to do unsafe surgery.”

Even so, 313 million patients will undergo an operation this year – and an estimated 31% will get an infection.  How does this happen?

Safe surgery is made up of hundreds of actions, conversations, decisions – with 19 vital steps outlined in the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist that Lifebox grew out of.

An unsafe operation occurs when one of these steps gets missed – and then another – and the risks pile up into a catastrophic event.

Lifebox supports colleagues in low-resource settings where a critical lack of equipment and ongoing training makes it that much harder to follow all the steps.  Our newest technical work stream, Clean Cut, is a pilot programme targeting one of the major risk factors for patients in low-resource settings: surgical site infection.

So we’re thrilled that the theme of this year’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign from WHO is surgical infection.


Clean hands is an integral part of a safe operation – as our colleagues above demonstrate!

Lifebox is committed to safer surgery in low-resource settings – and we support #SAFESURGICALHANDS.