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Verifying patient identity and site of surgery: improving compliance with protocol by audit and feedback.

Garnerin P, Arès M, Huchet A, et al. Verifying patient identity and site of surgery: improving compliance with protocol by audit and feedback. Qual Saf Health Care. 2008;17(6):454-8. doi:10.1136/qshc.2007.022301.

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January 14, 2009
Garnerin P, Arès M, Huchet A, et al. Qual Saf Health Care. 2008;17(6):454-8.

This study combined implementation of verification protocols with periodic audits and feedback to increase compliance with patient identification in the prevention of wrong-patient and wrong-site surgery. While the process did improve, the authors advocate for technological solutions to address the limitations of purely manual systems. A related commentary [see link below] discusses the broader context of efforts to eliminate wrong-site surgery.

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Garnerin P, Arès M, Huchet A, et al. Verifying patient identity and site of surgery: improving compliance with protocol by audit and feedback. Qual Saf Health Care. 2008;17(6):454-8. doi:10.1136/qshc.2007.022301.