The MAI Surgical Preparation List
As an organisation, we are responsible for advising on and equipping a wide variety of clinical environments in low resource settings. This often includes operating room departments.
Our experiences managing these projects, both in terms of advising and procuring equipment, as well as the commissioning and training processes has led us to write a check list to guide those working in the operating room environment. Our aim is to help facilitate them to run a safe and effective department and help to ensure good practise. Given there is very rarely any training for operating room staff we saw a vital need for such a list. Furthermore, we wanted to create a mindset of preparation and education. We have reflected the realities of low resource environments in the list, especially the recovery room which is often given very little consideration. The list can be used as an aid memoire for teaching operating room personnel and is available in both English and French.