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Preventable Surgical Errors Continue to Occur: Study
Date:12/21/2012

able, Makary said.

Other measures include using indelible ink to mark the surgical site before the patient goes under anesthesia, and counting sponges, towels and other surgical items before and after surgery.

But these precautions are not foolproof, according to Makary.

Many hospitals are beginning to use electronic bar codes on surgical instruments and materials to ensure precise counts and prevent human error, the release noted.

More information

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers tips on how to make sure your surgery is safe.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, Dec. 19, 2012


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