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SAFE Operating Room Courses

The SAFE Operating Room (OR) Course is a multidisciplinary course that focuses on non-technical skills and aimed at training surgical teams including surgeons, nurses, anaesthetists and technicians.  

SAFE OR can be delivered as a one to three-day short course, delivered in an interactive style with a few key lectures and rotating breakout sessions that include discussions, demonstrations and low fidelity simulation.

The course includes sessions on leadership, teamwork, communications and decision-making. These key messages are highlighted and reinforced throughout. Other key topics include surgical site infection reduction, anaesthesia and surgical emergencies and the principles of enhanced recovery. 

The SAFE OR Course is based on the WHO Guidelines for Safe Surgery and the implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, with a focus on training surgical teams in surgical centres

The SAFE OR course was developed by the Association of Anaesthetists and WFSA in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Association for Perioperative Practice, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Lifebox Foundation.