Frequently Asked Questions

What is a surgical safety checklist?

In September of 2009, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced a safety checklist tool to further its goal of improving patient safety in Ontario hospitals – the Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC).

This checklist is a one-page list of 26 of the most common tasks and items that operating room teams carry out to ensure patient safety. The ministry has identified the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Surgical Safety Checklist  as the checklist to be adopted by all hospitals, acknowledging that hospitals may need to modify the checklist to meet their needs,