Effort To End Surgeries On Wrong Patient Or Body Part Falters

Reporting for Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with The Washington Post, Sandra G. Boodman writes: "Mistakes such as amputating the wrong leg, performing the wrong operation or removing a kidney from the wrong patient can often be prevented by what O'Leary called 'very simple stuff': ensuring that an X-ray isn't flipped and that the right patient is on the table, for example. Such errors are considered so egregious and avoidable that they are classified as 'never events,' because they should never happen. But seven years later, some researchers and patient safety experts say the problem of wrong-site surgery has not improved and may be getting worse, although spotty reporting makes conclusions difficult" (Boodman, 6/20). Read the story.

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