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No More Never Events - February 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 8 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 F or most surgeons, wrong-site surgery is an abstraction — something that could happen, but hasn't, at least not to them. Unscathed by misfortune, they walk between rain- drops, insulated from the deep regret such a slip-up can cause. David Ring, MD, isn't as lucky. It's been more than 5 years since an unlikely series of events led him to perform a carpal tunnel release on a Spanish-speaking patient who'd been admitted for a trigger-fin- P R E - O P S A F E T Y Zero Tolerance For Never Events NO MISTAKING One of the best ways to prevent wrong-site surgeries is to have surgeons cut through the word yes or their initials. Can we get to zero? Yes, experts say it can be done. Jim Burger | Associate Editor OSE_1402_part2_Layout 1 2/6/14 2:56 PM Page 28

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