Archive Patient Safety 2009

Can Wrong-site Surgery Happen On Your Watch?

Not if you review the answers to these often-asked questions about proper surgical site-marking protocols.

Denise Martindell, RN, JD


Marking the surgical site is at the center of The Joint Commission's 3-step Universal Protocol to prevent wrong-site, wrong-patient and wrong-procedure surgery. If the mark is in the wrong place or not there at all, confusion in the OR could result in a serious "never event" with traumatic impact on the patient, surgeon and surgical team. Let's see if your current protocols to prevent wrong-site surgery are on the mark.

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

FDA Shocked by Spike in Malfunctioning Staplers

Devices that misfired or failed to fire have injured or killed thousands.

Technology to Prevent Retained Items

Counting is prone to error. These automated adjuncts help ensure nothing is left behind.

Celebrating 10 Years Of the Surgical Safety Checklist

Q&A with Thomas Weiser, MD, checklist co-creator and champion of safer patient care.