RCVS Knowledge is a charity with a mission to advance the quality of veterinary care for the benefit of animals, the public, and society. Their extensive list of checklist resources and templates have been designed for busy veterinary teams to make a start with continuous quality improvement in their practice.
These tools will help veterinary teams to embed evidence-based veterinary medicine in a manner that supplements and supports clinical decision making.
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Checklist templates and resources
The checklists below have been developed by RCVS Knowledge for your use in practice.
Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Care checklist
You can use this template to help create your own peripheral intravenous catheter care checklist. Feel free to download it and adjust it to your own requirements. Once downloaded, please ‘save-as’ and re-open from your saved location [Word 144KB] (Updated September 2019).
Peripheral catheter care and phlebitis score checklist
This peripheral catheter care checklist has been designed in combination with Sarah Hancill RVN and Anne Ward PGCertTLHE DipAVN(Surgical) RVN. It combines a catheter care checklist and the Ward Phlebitis Scoring chart [PDF 662KB] (Updated September 2019).
Surgical Safety Checklist
This surgical safety checklist template has been designed by RCVS Knowledge to help you get started with creating and implementing your own [PDF 56KB] (Updated March 2020).
Surgical Safety Checklist
This surgical safety checklist template has been designed by RCVS Knowledge in a differing format. Checklists can be designed in any way your team feels they will be most beneficial [PDF 446KB] (Updated March 2020).
Contributory factors checklist
You can use this checklist when performing a significant event audit to help find any factors that may have led to the event. Once downloaded, please ‘save-as’ and re-open from your saved location [Word 41KB] (Updated February 2019).
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Surgical Safety Checklist Manual (CPD: 60 minutes)
A new resource detailing how surgical safety checklists can be used to improve patient safety within practice. This manual includes examples and testimonials from a variety of practices to help with the development and implementation of your surgical safety checklist [PDF 1529KB] (updated December 2019).
• Rolling take 5: Questions to discuss as a team
Take a moment before the start and end of the shift to discuss these questions with your team. The discussion can help improve communication between shift teams, to identify areas for improvement, to identify processes that have worked well and flag up required support for the team [PDF 615kb] (Published August 2020).
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