• Organizational Policy/Guidelines
  • Published July 2018

AORN Position Statement on Criminalization of Human Errors in the Perioperative Setting.

Categorizing human error as a criminal act can deter reporting required to learn from incidents and improve practice. This position statement articulates the importance of avoiding this approach for unintentional perioperative nursing errors to ensure the open communication needed to support the safety of clinicians, organizations, and patients.

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