Surgical Patient Safety, Hospital Accreditation and the Checklist Board-- A proven combination to reduce errors
August 4, 2015 – Doug Hall – Checklist Boards
Stop! That’s the wrong patient!
This exclamation is heard over 1000 times per year in the U.S.
Wrong patient, wrong procedure, wrong side, and retained tools and towels are the most common surgical errors. These preventable errors are referred to as Never Events, mistakes that should never happen. But, they do happen over 4000 times per year. There is a simple solution to have fewer or no Never Event occurrences.
The Joint Commission for hospital accreditation recently introduced guidelines to address the surgical errors of omission, commission and misidentification. The guidelines titled, The Universal Protocol, has three components: