Implementing checklists in the operating room

Daniel Low, Isabeau Walker, Eugenie S. Heitmiller

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Summary Checklists have established themselves as a key safety process in the operating room environment. This paper describes the background and context of how checklists have evolved in medicine. It also highlights ongoing challenges with particular attention to the importance of nontechnical skills or human factors training with relation to checklist design, testing and implementation and ongoing coaching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1025-1031
Number of pages7
JournalPaediatric anaesthesia
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • checklist
  • crew resource management
  • human factors
  • implementation
  • nontechnical skills
  • operating room

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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