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Although wrong-site surgeries are rare, they can be devastating to patients. One otolaryngology (ENT) clinic developed a surgical marking procedure deemed practicable and useful by both providers and patients.
Farah T. Scientific American. September 22, 2022.
Tahir D. Kaiser Health News. September 26, 2022.
Cox C, Fritz Z. BMJ. 2022;377:e066720.
A 65-year-old woman with a history of 50 pack-years of cigarette smoking presented to her primary care physician (PCP), concerned about lower left back pain; she was advised to apply ice and take ibuprofen. She returned to her PCP a few months later reporting persistent pain. A lumbar spine radiograph showed mild degenerative disc disease and the patient was prescribed hydrocodone/acetaminophen in addition to ibuprofen. In the following months, she was seen by video twice for progressive, more severe pain that limited her ability to walk.
Farnborough, UK: Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; June 2021.
Patient Safety Movement Foundation. 2021.
AHA Team Training.