Safe Surgery Checklist Implementation Guide

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Ariadne Labs has developed a framework for WHO Safe Surgery Checklist implementation based on lessons learned in over 4,000 facilities globally.

We created this implementation guide to describe that framework, identify best practices, highlight considerations for how individual facilities might apply the framework, and share practical examples from other facilities.


Serious Illness Conversation Guide

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The Serious Illness Conversation Guide is the backbone of the Serious Illness Care Program. The current iteration consists of steps to elicit important information from your patients about their goals and values: setting up the conversation, assessing the patient’s illness understanding and information preferences, sharing prognosis, exploring key topics, and closing and documenting the conversation.


Safe Surgery Checklist Template (Master)

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This checklist template is designed for all three sections (Before induction of anesthesia, before skin incision, and before patient leaves the room) to be performed in the operating room. This checklist doesn’t preclude or change any of the existing routines you have in your preoperative area.


Ambulatory Safe Surgery Checklist Template

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This checklist is designed for use in ambulatory surgery centers or for other low-risk procedures. It includes items for this type of surgery and omits items that are not applicable to the ASC environment.


Safe Surgery Checklist Template (Team Already Knows Each Other)

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This checklist is designed to be used in facilities where the operating room teams are stable and everyone knows each other by name. Instead of introducing the team, we recommend that the surgeon activates everyone in the OR by asking each person by name, “Are ready to proceed?” prior to skin incision.


Safe Surgery Checklist Template (Team Briefing Before Induction)

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This template is designed for use in facilities where the surgeon is always present at the time of induction. If the surgeon is present at this time, it is recommended that the team conducts the briefing prior to induction.