USA: Effort to Stop Wrong Site Surgeries Flops

Posted on June 23, 2011

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USA: Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post collaborated on this story over the weekend detailing the latest in a string of collassal failures to improve the quality of patient care in the US and protect patient safety. For several years the toothless Joint Commission has been trying to cajole hospitals into implementing a simple (described by Dennis O’Leary as Dick and Jane simple) checklist system for identifying, marking and double checking a surgical site before an operation commences. Seems like a common sense move, especially since the JC says that wrong site surgery happens 40 times a week in US hospitals it accredits. So why is it meeting with so much pushback? Read the story. Thanks to Helen Haskell for the heads up!

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