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.

Surgical Preparation List

The MAI Surgical Preparation List

Outlined below, in our Rationale of the MAI Surgical Preparation List, are the reasons we believe our checklist is best suited for the LMIC environment. It provides key insights into the design principles of our checklist, as well as explaining why our checklist is practical, and tailor made for LMICs.

We welcome discussions on this topic, as we feel a robust checklist is so important to an efficient and safely functioning operating room. Please do reach out to our CEO, Tim Beacon (, with any enquiries on this topic.

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The Rationale of the MAI Surgical Preparation List

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One of the easiest ways we can make budgets go a long way is the sensible use of equipment no longer required in the West. This recycling is very effective. Please do contact us for further details if you think you have equipment of any sort that may help.

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