Wrong-site surgery

Innovations

Checklist-Guided Process Reduces Surgery-Related Mortality and Complications 01/14/10

The University of Washington Medical Center uses a checklist-guided process for all surgeries to ensure that appropriate care steps occur before incision and right after surgery. Initially...

Checklist-Plus-Technology System Eliminates Wrong-Site Surgery and Near-Misses, Enhances Required Preoperative Process Compliance 08/22/08

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has adopted a wrong-site surgery prevention system that integrates technology with a procedural checklist to ensure completion of essential steps during the preoperative...

Preoperative Safety Briefing Reduces Wrong-Site Surgery and Nursing Turnover, Enhances Safety Attitude 01/25/08

Members of the surgical team meet briefly before every surgical procedure to identify and manage potential threats to patient safety; using a checklist adapted from the aviation industry, the team...

QualityTools

Speak Up Campaign 12/10/08

In March 2002, the Joint Commission, together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, launched a national campaign to urge patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved, and informed...

Preventing Wrong-Site Surgery Toolkit 03/19/08

This toolkit includes information to aid health care facilities in preventing wrong-site surgeries.

The toolkit includes the following information:

  • Prevention program tools
  • Educational tools
  • Snapshots
  • ...
Ensuring Correct Surgery 12/17/07

This pamphlet will help patients understand what will happen before they undergo surgery.

This pamphlet describes what patients can expect during the following time frames:

  • Days to a couple of hours before the surgery
  • An...

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