Are you at risk for wrong site surgery?

July 11, 2013    |   By: Calevir

Think a wrong site surgery can’t happen at your hospital or surgicenter?   Every surgery or invasive procedure is at risk!   The Joint Commission recently shared 5 tips to reduce the chances:

1.   Evaluate your entire operative process to identify areas of risk

2.   Standardize your scheduling process; do not allow the use of abbreviations

3.   Assign specific active roles for the time out; everyone must be consciously involved

4.   Reference the marked site during the time out; allow only permanent markers so the marking is visible

5.   Don’t rush the time out

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