Archive Employee & Patient Safety 2012

The Many Faces of Wrong-Site Surgery Prevention

It's not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Here's a sampling of ways your colleagues ensure they operate on the correct site.

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Dan O'Connor, Editor-in-Chief

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preventing wrong-site surgery NO LIMB-O The pre-op nurses place TED hose on the non-operative limb. The surgeon then writes "yes" or initials the operative limb.

With all the guidelines and safety checklists out there, you'd think preventing wrong-site surgery would be a sure bet. Far from it (see "The Inexact Science of Wrong-Site Surgery Prevention" on page 26). Here are a few innovative ways your colleagues are preventing the never event that should never happen.

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