Does the WHO surgical safety checklist increase safety?
Does the WHO surgical safety checklist increase safety?
Document number : 167121
Created by: Elzerie de Jager, 2015-01-24
Last revised by: Elzerie de Jager, 2017-04-24
Document created in: James Cook University


1. Summary

Abstract for the general public

This study will examine the effect that the implementation of the World Health Organisation Surgical Safety Checklist (WHO SSC) has had in Australia. The checklist was endorsed in Australia in 2009.


Yikhong Ho
Professor & Head of Surgery, School of Medicine & Dentistry, James Cook University
Ronny Gunnarsson
Professor in General Practice at at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Avdelningen för samhällsmedicin och folkhälsa, Närhälsan FoU-centrum Södra Älvsborg, Avdelningen för samhällsmedicin och folkhälsa

Workplaces involved in this project

Added workplaces

Education - James Cook University (JCU) - Division of Tropical Health and Medicine - College of Medicine and Dentistry - Medicine - Townsville, Clinical School workplace verified by James Cook University on 2018-02-27
Health Care - Health care providers - Queensland Health - Townsville Hospital and Health Service - The Townsville Hospital - Surgery - General surgery

2. In depth information

Scientific title

The effects of the implementation of the World Health Organisation surgical safety checklist on surgical outcomes in Australia

3. Ethics and information for classification purposes

Waiver of the need for individual consent

A waiver of the need for individual consent is or will be applied for

Date commenced


4. Outcome

Publications from this project

  1. de Jager E, McKenna C, Bartlett L, Gunnarsson R, Ho Y.
    Gothenburg, Sweden: International Improvement Science and Research Symposium at the 2016 International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare; 2016.
  2. de Jager EdJ, McKenna C, Gunnarsson R, Bartlett L, Ho Y.
    Brisbane, Australia: Royal Australian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference; 2016.
  3. de Jager E, McKenna C, Ho Y, Bartlett L, Gunnarsson R.
    Phuket, Thailand: The Second Phuket International Symposium in Colorectal Disease 2015; 2015.

Principal investigators assessment of implementation

checked Some implementation locally
not checked Strong implementation locally
checked Some implementation nation wide
not checked Strong implementation nation wide
checked Some implementation internationally
not checked Strong implementation internationally

Does the WHO surgical safety checklist increase safety?, from FoU-centrum för primärvård och folktandvård Södra Älvsborg