How Can Doctors Limit Medical Mistakes?
When a patient undergoes surgery, he or she entrusts the entire surgical team with his or her safety and well-being. Unfortunately, surgical mistakes, including operating on the wrong body part or operating on the wrong patient, are not uncommon in hospitals across the country. One of the main reasons why these kinds of errors occur is a lack of communication among different members of the surgical staff.
This video provides an inside look at a Connecticut hospital’s efforts to reduce surgical errors and enhance patient confidence. Using a “safe surgery checklist,” surgeons and nurses clearly mark the patient’s surgical site and provide a step-by-step overview of the procedure. Since its inception, the “safe surgery checklist” has significantly reduced complications at this Connecticut hospital.
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