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"It is the left eye, right?"

Pikkel D, Sharabi-Nov A, Pikkel J. "It is the left eye, right?". Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2014;7:77-80. doi:10.2147/RMHP.S60728.

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June 11, 2014
Pikkel D, Sharabi-Nov A, Pikkel J. Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2014;7:77-80.

In this study, cataract surgeons were asked to identify the correct eye for surgery when given the patient's name only, and again while looking at the patient's face. The surgeons answered incorrectly approximately a quarter of the time, arguing for the importance of preoperative time outs to avoid wrong-site surgery.

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Pikkel D, Sharabi-Nov A, Pikkel J. "It is the left eye, right?". Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2014;7:77-80. doi:10.2147/RMHP.S60728.