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Comprehensive checklist

The AORN Comprehensive Surgical Checklist was created to support a facility's need to use a single checklist that includes the safety checks outlined in the World Health Organization's (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist, while also meeting the safety checks within The Joint Commission's Universal Protocol in order to meet accreditation requirements. It is useful in all facility types -- hospital ORs, ASCs and physician offices.

Using color codes to signify WHO, Joint Commission, and areas where the two overlap, the comprehensive checklist offers guidance for pre-procedure check-in, sign-in, time out and sign out. Open ended questions are also included under the time out portion to encourage active participation from all members of the surgery team.

This comprehensive surgical checklist was created in collaboration with AORN Perioperative Nursing Specialist Robin Chard, PhD, RN, CNOR, AORN President Charlotte Guglielmi, RN, BSN, MA, CNOR, contributors to the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, including Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, and representatives from The Joint Commission.

Download the comprehensive surgical checklist in PDF or in a Word document that can be adjusted according to your facility's specific procedures.  Join the campaign to support time out for every patient, every time.



Comprehensive Surgical Checklist WORD document
Comprehensive Surgical Checklist PDF version

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