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St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; March 2019.
The National Quality Forum has defined 29 never events—patient safety problems that should never occur, such as wrong-site surgery and patient falls. Since 2003, Minnesota hospitals have been required to report such incidents. The 2018 report summarizes information about 384 adverse events that were reported and found pressure ulcers and invasive procedure events increased, while fall-related deaths decreased. Reports from previous years are also available.
Journal Article > Commentary
Coleman J, Wolfgang CL. J Nurs Pract. 2013;9:277-282.
This commentary spotlights the concern of retained surgical items, including clinical consequences, legal ramifications, and guidelines developed to prevent these incidents.
Journal Article > Study
Cohen SP, Hayek SM, Datta S, et al. Anesthesiology. 2010;112:711-718.
Wrong-site surgeries are considered rare but devastating never events. However, a recent article suggested that wrong-site procedures may be more common than previously thought, since such errors can occur in procedures performed in areas other than the operating room. This study sought to evaluate the incidence of wrong-site surgery in pain management, using data from 10 facilities over a 2-year period. Although the overall incidence was low—only 13 cases were found with minimal associated patient harm—most cases were considered preventable, as clinicians failed to follow recommended preventive measures. A wrong-site surgery near miss is discussed in this AHRQ WebM&M commentary.
Journal Article > Review
Cao LY, Taylor JS, Vidimos A. Dermatol Online J. 2010;16:3.
This review examines numerous safety issues relevant to outpatient dermatology practice, including medication errors, diagnostic errors, office-based surgery, wrong-site procedures, and laser safety.
Journal Article > Study
Seiden SC, Barach P. Arch Surg. 2006;141:931-939.
Although instances of wrong-site, wrong-procedure, and wrong-patient adverse events (WSPEs) have been widely publicized, the true incidence of such errors remains unclear. A prior study indicated a rate of approximately 1 case per 112,000 surgeries, but WSPEs may occur in the outpatient setting or in ambulatory surgery as well. In this study, the authors reviewed four databases to determine the incidence of all WSPEs, including procedures performed outside the operating room. Data from both mandatory and voluntary reporting systems indicates that approximately 1300 to 2700 WSPEs occur yearly, with many occurring during outpatient procedures. The authors argue that all WSPEs should be considered preventable, and recommend reporting and prevention standards for reducing such errors.
Cases & Commentaries
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- Web M&M
Elizabeth A. Howell, MD, MPP; Mark R. Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH; May 2006
A woman with a fractured right foot receives spinal anesthesia and nearly has surgery for trimalleolar fracture and dislocation of the left ankle. Only immediately prior to surgery did the team realize that the x-ray was not hers.
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons; October 2005.
This statement briefly lists the American College of Surgeons' guidelines for preventing retention of sponges, sharps, instruments, and other items after surgery.