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Table 1 Different versions of the Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) (items adjacent to each other in the two checklists have equivalence)

From: Attitudes and compliance with the WHO surgical safety checklist: a survey among surgeons and operating room staff in 138 hospitals in China

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WHO SSC MoH SSC WHO SSC MoH SSC WHO SSC MoH SSC
Has the patient confirmed his/her identity, site, the procedure and consent Confirm the patient’s name, gender, age Confirm all team members have introduced themselves by name and role    Confirm the patient’s name, gender, age
Confirm the procedure Confirm the patient’s name, procedure and where the incision will be made Confirm the patient’s name, gender, age The name of the procedure Confirm the name of the procedure
Surgery consent Confirm the procedure   Confirm the usage of the drug and blood transfusion
Anesthesia consent Confirm the site and is the site marked? Completion of instrument, sponge and needle counts Completion of instrument, sponge and needle counts
Is the site marked Confirm the site and is the site marked? What are the critical or non-routine steps What are the critical or non-routine steps Specimen labelling Specimen labelling
Is the anesthesia machine and medication check complete Confirm the type of anesthesia How long will the case take How long will the case take   Skin condition
Is the pulse oximeter on the patient and functioning Check the anesthesia machine, including putting on the pluse oximeter What is the anticipated blood loss What is the anticipated blood loss   Any IV tubes, gastric tube, urinary catheter, or any other tubes
Known allergy Known allergy Are there any patient-specific concerns Are there any patient-specific concerns   Where will the patient be transferred to
Difficult airway or aspiration risk   Has sterility been confirmed Has sterility been confirmed Whether there are any equipment problems to be addressed  
Risk of >500 ml blood loss   Are there equipment issues or any concerns Are there equipment issues or any concerns What are the key concerns for recovery and management of the patient  
  Skin condition Has antibiotic prophylaxis been give within the last 60 min Drug administration pre and intro-operation   
Skin prepartion before surgery Is essential imaging displayed Is essential imaging displayed
IV line establishment   
Skin test result of antibiotics
Preparation of blood products
Prothesis/implant/imaging
  1. WHO World Health Organsiation. MoH Chinese Ministry of Health