Get safely back to business with our COVID-19 specific resources

Top 5 Clinical Audit Checklists

Easily identify deficits in crucial areas of patient care by using a mobile clinical audit app to improve the quality of care

Get everyone on the same paperless page.
Rated 4.6/5 stars on Capterra from 76 ratings
Available on iOS, Android and Web
Get started for FREE

What is a Clinical Audit?

A Clinical Audit, formerly known as a Medical Audit, aims to improve the quality of patient care and clinical outcomes through the peer-led review of practice against evidence-based standards. As a quality improvement process, local and national clinical audits can help healthcare practitioners identify deficits in current practice, administer excellent clinical service, and uphold professional standards.

Multidisciplinary teams in healthcare facilities use a clinical audit checklist to ensure the completion of the clinical audit cycle—preparation and planning, selecting the standards/criteria, measuring performance, implementing changes, and sustaining improvements. This article features:

  1. crucial areas of patient care;
  2. a mobile app to streamline clinical audit data gathering and reporting; and
  3. free clinical audit checklists you can download, customize, and use.

Crucial Areas of Patient Care

Preparation and planning for the clinical audit begins by determining exactly what the multidisciplinary team (clinical audit committee) should be auditing. As a rule of thumb, an area of care where obvious shortcomings exist is the starting point of clinical audits. Clinical improvement managers and audit leads should also look at high-volume, high-risk, and high-cost areas such as the following:

Intensive/Critical Care Unit

High-risk sepsis admissions from the ward, unit-acquired infections in the blood, and out-of-hours discharges to the ward have significantly decreased in different parts of the UK as a result of clinical audits. To prevent avoidable infection during patient care, the clinical audit committee should regularly assess the hand hygiene techniques of healthcare practitioners using a mobile-ready hand hygiene audit checklist. After 3-6 months of implementing changes, a clinical re-audit is necessary to validate the effectiveness and sustain improvements.

Medical Records

Quality healthcare is based on accurate and complete clinical documentation in medical records. US healthcare institutions and their associates who handle protected health information should stay compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by conducting security risk assessments. The clinical audit committee should evaluate the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards currently in place, address time-sensitive gaps and avoid costly fines and legal action with a digitized HIPAA-compliance checklist.

Admission and Discharge

Non-clinical transfers, unplanned readmissions and delayed discharges result in low patient satisfaction. The clinical audit committee should inspect transitions of care, medication safety, and outpatient follow-up procedures to reduce bottlenecks and ease patient flow. Starting discharge planning on the date of the admission and writing digital SOAP notes, instead of hiring medical scribes, also shortens wait times and encourages more patient-centered care. Common clinical audit improvements include new documentation methods, better communication systems, and efficient checking mechanisms.

Clinical Audit App

iAuditor, the world’s most powerful audit checklist app, can help clinical audit committees streamline clinical audit data gathering and reporting, easily identify deficits in current practice, and improve the quality of patient care. With the iAuditor mobile app, you can:

  • Perform clinical audits with a mobile device. Request a demo.
  • Capture photo evidence of the clinical audit cycle
  • Gain real-time clinical audit data and actionable insights with iAuditor Analytics
  • Automatically generate and share clinical audit reports to members of your organization. Preview sample report.
  • Use for free with small teams. Unlimited reports and storage for premium accounts. Compare pricing plans.


Shine Colcol

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Shine has been professionally writing about virtually anything since her internship for a digital publisher of niche blogazines. She is passionate about building a culture of continuous improvement in the environmental, health, safety, and quality space through well-researched, engaging, and impactful content.