Wrong site surgery has occured at least 150 times since
the 1996 report from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organization. Wrong site surgery was performed on the wrong limb or
organ - or even the wrong person. Wrong site surgery is medical malpractice.
Wrong Site Surgery Precautions
To ensure you aren't the next victim, make sure you and
your surgeon are in complete agreement on the surgery before you enter
the operating room. The J.C.A.H.C. also recommends that you discuss
with your surgeon what steps are being taken to identify the right site
for the procedure - and participate in them. For knee surgery, for example,
the physician and the patient should together mark the appropriate knee
with a "yes" and the healthy one with a "no" using
a special surgical pen that will not wash off when the area is sterilized.
A simple "x" could be confusing, warns the National Patient
Safety Foundation's Gluck.
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