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Defining and studying errors in surgical care: a systematic review.

Turrentine FE, Knight K, et al. Defining and studying errors in surgical care: a systematic review. Ann Surg. 2022;275(6):1067-1073. doi: 10.1097/sla.0000000000005351

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August 17, 2022
Marsh KM, Turrentine FE, Knight K, et al. Ann Surg. 2022;275(6):1067-1073.

Having standardized definitions and classifications of errors allows researchers to better understand potential causes and interventions for improvement. This systematic review identified six broad error categories, 13 definitions of error, and 14 study methods in the surgical error literature. Development and use of a common definition and taxonomy of errors will provide a more accurate indication of the prevalence of surgical error rates.

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Turrentine FE, Knight K, et al. Defining and studying errors in surgical care: a systematic review. Ann Surg. 2022;275(6):1067-1073. doi: 10.1097/sla.0000000000005351