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A multistep approach to improving biopsy site identification in dermatology: physician, staff, and patient roles based on a Delphi consensus.
Alam M, Lee A, Ibrahimi OA, et al; Cutaneous Surgery Consensus Group. JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150:550-558.
Excisional skin cancer surgery is a common procedure often performed many days after an initial biopsy by a different physician, making it particularly vulnerable to wrong-site surgery. This study provides a range of consensus recommendations for medical professionals and patients to reduce such risks.
Cases & Commentaries
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Ross Koppel, PhD; April 2009
A patient hospitalized with Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia and advanced AIDS is given another patient's malignant biopsy results, leading his primary physician to mistakenly recommend hospice care.