A blurred line between hospitals and surgery centers
Wrong-site surgery errors continue to happen at an unacceptable rate, along with retained foreign objects. Facilities and providers must look for new strategies to avoid these errors.
- Clinicians should be reminded that site marking is not foolproof.
- Having X-rays posted in the OR can help avoid laterality errors.
- A postop debrief can help avoid retained objects.
The line between hospitals and freestanding ambulatory surgery centers is becoming more and more blurred.
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