The World Health Organization's (WHO) ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives’ initiative will be formally launched in Washington today (Wednesday 25 June 2008).
WHO has undertaken a number of global and regional initiatives to address surgical safety, and as part of the ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives’ initiative the World Patient Safety Alliance has developed a ‘Surgical Safety Checklist’ to reinforce safe practice in the operating theatre.
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH) has been using a modified version of the checklist, integrated to fit with hospital practice, in Cardiac theatres over the last two months.
GOSH consultant Dr Isabeau Walker has been a driving force behind developing and implementing the checklist at GOSH. She has also acted as an expert advisor to WHO giving input on the checklist in January 2008.
Please see WHO website for further information: http://www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/launch/en/index.html
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