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Four Steps to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery in Orthopaedics

January 01, 2012

Contributors: Eric Jon Olson, MD

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Wrong-site surgery continues to be a problem in orthopaedics. Preventing this avoidable surgical error is a focus of quality-improvement efforts. This video demonstrates four steps prior to each operation to ensure that the correct patient and site will be operated upon. First, "sign Your site" before entering the operating room. Second, have patients identify themselves and their correct sites when they enter the operating room. Third, have all team members agree on the site that will be prepped before the surgeon scrubs. Fourth, perform a "stop-before-incision" check, during which team members state their names and indicate the correct site.

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