WRONG BODY PART, WRONG PROCEDURE, WRONG PATIENT: A RARE LOOK AT SURGICAL ERROR IN CANADA

Date Posted: May 19,2016

"Many hospitals have introduced surgical safety checklists that should be followed before a single incision is made; in some provinces, they’re mandatory. Basic steps include confirming the patient’s name and procedure. As well, surgical teams are supposed to performed rigorous counts to make sure all sponges, needles and other instruments that went into the operating room are accounted for, and come out."
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PATIENT SAFETY IN THE SURGICAL ENVIRONMENT

Date Posted: Jun 9,2016

"Effective preoperative patient assessment includes a review of the medical record or imaging studies immediately before starting surgery. To facilitate this step, all relevant information sources, verified by a predetermined checklist, should be available in the operating room and rechecked by the entire surgical team before the operation begins"
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STRENGTHEN YOUR RESOLVE: NO UNLABELED CONTAINERS ANYWHERE, EVER!

Date Posted: Jun 29,2016

"The strategies required to prevent these errors are straightforward and relatively simple—accurate and complete labeling of containers for all solutions and medications on the sterile field, in every procedural area, every time."
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STRATEGIES TO PREVENT RETAINED OBJECTS (OSM JAN.2016)

Date Posted: Aug 22,2016

"Retained items can cause perforation, granuloma, obstruction, infection and even death. Considering the risks associated with a second surgery to remove the item, the cost of a subsequent hospitalization (Medicare denies payment for these related costs) and the inevitable malpractice suit, it's hard to understand why more attention isn't given to preventing these costly mistakes. If money talks, then the medical and liability costs associated with retained objects — which easily exceed $200,000 — should be a compelling reason for you to do all you can to reduce the risk."
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PATIENT WHITEBOARDS TO IMPROVE PATIENT-CENTERED CARE IN HOSPITAL

Date Posted: Nov 8,2016

"Inpatient whiteboards help physicians and ancillary staff with communication, improve patients' awareness of their care team, admission plans and duration of admission, and significantly improve patient overall satisfaction"
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MAKE SURE NOTHING'S LEFT BEHIND IN A PATIENT

Date Posted: Mar 30,2017

A 2007 study out of Boston found that, "counts are off in 1 out of every 8 surgeries"
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