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The Washington Post has recently revealed that according to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare 40 wrong-site surgeries happen every week in the United States.

Amputating The Wrong Leg

Mistakes include amputating the wrong leg, operating on the wrong patient or in lay terms, performing the wrong surgery. Surgeon Dennis O’Leary says that wrong site surgery may be prevented by checking things as simple as that the right patient is on the operating table or that an X-ray isn’t flipped….

With the cooperation of 8 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, the Commission studied their operating protocols and found that the risk of wrong-site surgeries happening increased with problems within the facilities’ preoperative procedures and scheduling processes, as well as ineffective communication and distractions in the operating rooms. The study showed that by establishing redundant verification procedures in the preoperative rooms the risk of wrong-site surgeries decreased from 52% to 19% therefore increasing patient safety.
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According to the Washington Post, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has stated that 40 wrong-site surgeries happen every week in the United States.

Performing The Wrong Surgery

Mistakes include amputating the wrong leg, removing a kidney from the wrong patient or in lay terms, performing the wrong surgery. According to surgeon Dr. Dennis O’Leary, the problem may be prevented by following some very simple rules, including the preoperative verification of important details, like making sure that an X-ray isn’t flipped or that the right patient is on the operating table….

The Commission studied the operating protocols at 8 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The Commission found that problems with the facilities preoperative procedures and their scheduling processes, as well as ineffective communication and distractions in the operating rooms increased the risk of wrong-site surgeries. All of these surgical facilities found that establishing redundant verification procedures in the preoperative rooms decreased the risk of wrong-site surgeries from 52% to 19% and, consequently, increased patient safety.
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