The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) requires implementation for every patient undergoing a surgical procedure.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘The checklist is a simple yet effective initiative which will significantly reduce the risk of complications and even death as a result of surgery. Nurses, and other health care professionals, strive to maintain best practice at all times – the introduction of the checklist will help in achieving this fundamental aim.’
The WHO checklist will be a requirement in February 2010.
Guidance includes all team members introducing themselves with first and last names and explaining roles before any procedure.
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