Fifth wrong-site surgery brings harsh penalties, scrutiny

January 2010
Healthcare Risk Management;Jan2010, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p1
A Rhode Island hospital recently reported its fifth wrong-site surgery in two years, bringing attention to the issue of never events and patient safety. The hospital is facing unusual sanctions from the government. ∎ The hospital already was working to prevent wrong-site errors. ∎ A compliance order requires video surveillance of surgeons. ∎ The failure to stop for a timeout is cited as a key problem.


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