Letters to the Editor

June 11, 2014

Wednesday letters: Due care is a must during any surgery

Today, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country will observe National Time Out Day. Taking a “time out” to confirm correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site and other important information before every operative and other invasive procedure is a requirement of the Joint Commission. Despite the requirement, 40 to 60 wrong-site surgeries likely occur in the United States each week.

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