Table 1

Elements of the Surgical Safety Checklist, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland, 2009

ItemsUnder the responsibility of
Sign in
 14 itemsAnaesthetist or anaesthetist nurse
Time out
 Patient identityAnaesthetist, surgeon operator, scrub nurse
 Surgical site
 Patient installed
 Critical steps
 Antibiotic prophylaxis
Sign out
 Sponge, needle countsSurgeon operator, scrub nurse
 Specimen labelled
 Review of critical problemsAnaesthetist, surgeon operator
 Postoperative management plan
 Recovery room or intensive care unit