A Lifebox surgical infection reduction program
The WHO (World Health Organization) Surgical Safety Checklist was developed as part of the WHO’s ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives Program’ to address the growing crisis of unsafe surgery. The Checklist is a 19-item list of prompts created to decrease human errors and increase teamwork and communication in the operating room.
The Checklist improves the safety of surgery by breaking down operating room hierarchies, improving communication and compliance with best safety practices, and helping surgical teams work together to provide safer care for their patients.
Lifebox was founded by the same individuals that created the Checklist – including our immediate Past Chair – Dr. Atul Gawande – and the Checklist is the bedrock of our safer surgery and anesthesia programs.
The WHO (World Health Organization) Surgical Safety Checklist is a simple communication tool that has been proven to reduce complications and deaths from unsafe surgery by up to 40%.