Journal Article
Commentary

The evolution of patient safety procedures in an oral surgery department

Graham C, Reid S, Lord TC, Taylor KH. British dental journal. 2019;226:32-38.

Reporting and avoidance of “never events,” such as a wrong tooth extraction, is important for providing consistently safe dental care. This article describes changes made in safety procedures, including introducing surgical safety briefings or huddles in an outpatient oral surgery unit of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, that eliminated never events for more than two years.