Safer Surgery Guide

The UK National Health Service just released a ‘How to Guide’ for safer surgery and the WHO surgical checklist. The guide includes helpful advice to improve teamwork and communication as well as implementation of the checklist. As stated in the guide:

“Teamwork does not emerge naturally. It is necessary to provide time, facilities and support to help individual staff to become a good team. A few simple team building opportunities included in daily work can reduce cost and improve the quality of care.”

The guide is a useful overview for those implementing the checklist, and:

perioperative teams,

governance teams,

relevant service managers,

senior managers and/or executive leads supporting the work and monitoring its progress, and

service improvement staff who are required to provide improvement or change management expertise in relation to surgery.