TITLE

Preventing wrong tooth extraction: experience in development and implementation of an outpatient safety checklist

AUTHOR(S)
Saksena, A.; Pemberton, M. N.; Shaw, A.; Dickson, S.; Ashley, M. P.
PUB. DATE
October 2014
SOURCE
British Dental Journal;10/10/2014, Vol. 217 Issue 7, p357
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Extraction of the wrong tooth or teeth is a serious and avoidable clinical error causing harm to the patient. All NHS Trusts in England are required to use a surgical safety checklist in operating theatres to prevent incorrect site surgery and ensure safe management of patients. However, the majority of patients have dental extractions and other oral surgical procedures undertaken on an outpatient basis and these patients are also at risk of having an incorrect site surgical procedure such as a wrong tooth extraction. We describe our experience in developing, introducing and refining a surgical safety checklist for outpatient oral surgery along with the key strategic actions needed to ensure effective cultural change and optimum patient safety in the outpatient setting.
ACCESSION #
98774741

 

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