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Unplanned return to theater: a quality of care and risk management index?

Pujol N, Merrer J, Lemaire B, et al. Unplanned return to theater: A quality of care and risk management index? Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2015;101(4):399-403. doi:10.1016/j.otsr.2015.03.013.

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May 27, 2015
Pujol N, Merrer J, Lemaire B, et al. Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2015;101(4):399-403.
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Trigger tools are a useful method to screen for adverse events. To determine whether unplanned return to surgery could be utilized as a trigger for detecting errors, this study assessed rates of such incidents in an orthopedic and traumatologic surgery department. Using an approach similar to prior studies of delayed diagnosis, researchers examined a retrospective case series of orthopedic and trauma surgeries in which a revision procedure occurred. They found a relatively low incidence of unplanned return to surgery, but their clinical review indicated that half of such cases represented preventable complications. The authors advocate for a registry of unplanned return surgeries as a patient safety improvement strategy.

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Pujol N, Merrer J, Lemaire B, et al. Unplanned return to theater: A quality of care and risk management index? Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2015;101(4):399-403. doi:10.1016/j.otsr.2015.03.013.

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