Quality & Patient Safety

WHO surgical safety checklist to be introduced in Trinidad

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, March 31, 2009

Trinidad's Health Ministry will be taking a step toward improving patient safety by introducing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) surgical safety checklist, according to the Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday. Chief Medical Officer Anton Cumberbatch, MD, said the entire implementation process began by notifying and identifying surgical teams, according to Newsday.

The original WHO checklist program was launched in Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) headquarters in Washington in June 2008. Since the program’s original launch, it has been endorsed by 250 health organizations from more than 40 countries. The "Checklist for Safer Surgery" provides guidelines for surgical teams prior to and following operations to help ensure patient safety.

Cumberbatch told Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday that the actual launch of the checklist will happen within the next two weeks, but that an initiation session has taken place.

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