If the Joint Commission's estimate of 40 wrong-site surgeries occurring each week is to be believed, plenty of surgeons are operating on the wrong site or side, what one facility leader called the "scariest scenario" for an OR staff. Wrong-site surgery is easily prevented, say the 560 surgical leaders who responded to our online survey (see "Site-Marking Practices Revealed" on page 30), as long as you focus on these 3 keys to site-marking success.
Mark the Site Right
How do your site-marking protocols compare to the more than 500 surgical facilities we surveyed?
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