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Bathla S, Chadwick M, Nevins EJ, Seward J. J Patient Saf. 2017 Jun 29; [Epub ahead of print].
Wrong-site surgery represents a never event. In the United States, The Joint Commission requires marking of the surgical site prior to surgery as part of the Universal Protocol. Researchers conducted a survey study of 120 surgeons in the United Kingdom and found significant variation in adherence to the national mandate for preoperative surgical site-marking.
Journal Article > Review
A systematic review of the effect of distraction on surgeon performance: directions for operating room policy and surgical training.
Mentis HM, Chellali A, Manser K, Cao CGL, Schwaitzberg SD. Surg Endosc. 2016;30:1713-1724.
This systematic review found that equipment and procedural distractions were the most severe distraction events during surgery, but irrelevant conversation and movement were the most frequent. This underscores the need to reduce distractions and incorporate management of distractions into surgical education.