TITLE

Wrong-site surgery is No. 1 among sentinel events -- Are you at risk?

PUB. DATE
October 2007
SOURCE
Same-Day Surgery;Oct2007, Vol. 31 Issue 10, p113
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Wrong-site surgery now ranks as No. 1 in terms of accumulated data on sentinel events reported to The Joint Commission. • Have a preoperative verification process. The provider who will do the procedure should mark the operative site. The surgical team should take a timeout immediately before the procedure to confirm patient identity, procedure, and operative site. • The timeout policy should be proscriptive enough to ensure compliance. Managers should track compliance and make staff aware of the tracking.
ACCESSION #
26916192

 

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