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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2014

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3 8 S U P P L E M E N T T O 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 | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 I t's a wonder wrong-site surgeries don't happen more often in orthopedics: 2 sides, 10 digits, multiple sites for common everyday surgeries. As a veter- an of a wrong procedure (I released the carpal tunnel when I was sup- posed to release a trigger finger), I can tell you firsthand the key roles that safety systems and a culture of safety play in preventing errors from caus- ing harm. In the time it takes to conduct a hard time out and mark the surgical site, take this short quiz to test your knowledge of wrong-site surgery. Wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors are the most common sentinel event. a. true b. false W R O N G - S I T E S U R G E R Y Steer Clear of Wrong-Site Surgery These kind of mistakes are called never events because they never should happen to anyone, but they do happen. David Ring, MD, PhD | Boston, Mass. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN BAD INK? Does signing the sur- gical site compromise sterility?

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