Regarding: Revision of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist

 We would like your perspective on the WHO surgical safety checklist and ideas on how we can revise the checklist to work most effectively in settings similar to the one in which you work.

 The World Health Organization (WHO) surgical safety checklist (SSC) was developed as a simple communication-based tool to decrease the global burden of adverse outcomes after surgery. Ten years after its introduction, our group and others have documented important successes and notable failures of the SSC in practice. Building on our existing work, we propose to generate a new evidence-based surgical safety tool through redevelopment of the SSC.

 We ask you to consider completing this survey. It will take 10-15 minutes. Please make use of spaces for comments to provide thoughts or reflections on changes that you feel may improve the function of the checklist or areas that you feel should be addressed.

 Link to the survey:

 Please do not complete the survey more than once even if you receive a second request.


Mary Brindle, MD, MPH, RCPSC

Associate Professor of Surgery

Vice Chair of Surgery (Academics),

Chair of Surgical Research, University of Calgary

Director EQuIS Alberta Children’s Hospital

2888 Shaganappi Trail NW Calgary, AB T3B6A8 403.955.2848 (T)



Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH, FACS

Program Director, Safe Surgery, Ariadne Labs

Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health

Assistant in Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital

55 Fruit St. Yawkey 7B, Boston, MA 02114

617.643.9474 (T)  617.724.3895 (F)