Surgical Safety Checklist

How can you develop a pre-op surgical checklist?

The Checklist Boards Corporation has partnered with hundreds of hospitals developing custom pre-operative checklists. We feature a range of pre-designed checklists that have been developed with hospitals throughout the United States. Simply choose a design that works for your hospital, mark it with any changes or send us your current pre-op checklist. Our design team will create a custom checklist incorporating our patented sliders for you to share with your team.

How to create a central line checklist in the right way?

Central Line infections can be costly and life threatening. Various research groups have put the average CLABSI (central line–associated bloodstream infections) cost per patient at over $45,000. It is crucial that your checklist provides consistent step by step instructions, and covers everything you need. Our pre-made designs are brightly colored to ensure compliance, with step-by-step task reminders. Immediately after implementation, a major medical center saw their infection rate cut 50%.


What is included in Operating Room checklist?

The Joint Commission defines a Time Out as “an immediate pause by the entire surgical team to confirm the correct patient, procedure, and site”. There are checkoffs for pre-op then an itemized timeout section. During the time-out, the team comes together and develops a shared mental model of what the procedure will be like, increasing the chances that all members will have the situational awareness needed to prevent harm, and empowers all members to work on behalf of the patient.


How can I successfully implement the checklist in my hospital?

When practiced in this step-by-step manner, with true involvement of all members of the team led by the senior surgeon, checklists are extremely effective during the operation and postoperatively as they contribute to improved patient outcomes. It is important to note that strong team member commitment is key to the successful implementation of checklists in preventing harm to patients and in improving quality by preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, and Wrong Person Surgery. Research has shown that implanting checklists have resulted in 36 percent fewer major complications and 47 percent fewer deaths.

Hospitals use checklists to reduce errors