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Journal Article
Study

"It is the left eye, right?"

Pikkel D, Sharabi-Nov A, Pikkel J. Risk management and healthcare 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.