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Reducing surgical specimen errors through multidisciplinary quality improvement.

Holstine JB, Samora JB. Reducing surgical specimen errors through multidisciplinary quality improvement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. Epub 2021 May 29. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2021.04.003.

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June 16, 2021
Holstine JB, Samora JB. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2021;47(9):563-571.

Errors in surgical specimen handling can cause treatment delays or missed diagnoses. This children’s hospital implemented a quality improvement effort to reduce surgical specimen errors. Using a variety of methods, including changes to specimen labeling, improved communication, and specimen time-out, they were able to decrease the mean rate of order errors and labeling-related errors.

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Holstine JB, Samora JB. Reducing surgical specimen errors through multidisciplinary quality improvement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. Epub 2021 May 29. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2021.04.003.