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Table 5 Free text responses to questions asking if the training had impacted participant’s perception of teamwork, communication and safe anaesthesia in the operating room

From: Interval follow up of a 4-day pilot program to implement the WHO surgical safety checklist at a Congolese hospital


• We are now all on the same page

• We can help each other and encourage each other

• We now have a team atmosphere, suggestions and mutual exchanges

• Everybody in the operating knows their role


• We are now free to disagree

• Before I would just get angry if people weren’t interested, now we can talk about it

• Professional information is now shared

• We are nicer to each other


• It has brought our team to life

• We are more precise

• More efficient

Safe anaesthesia

• It is safer now because before, the anaesthetist didn’t tell us if there was problems

• We always ask now if anaesthesia is ready and if anything is missing

• Because of the pulse oximeter I feel safer giving anaesthesia

• I think there are less deaths now