What’s Being Done to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery? - CST495

What’s Being Done to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery?

by Nancymarie Phillips, PhD, RN, RNFA, CNOR(E)
(4.4 / 973 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Surgical Technology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


Sentinel events are unexpected incidents that involve serious physical or psychological injury or prolonged loss of function or even death. These results are not present at the time the patient seeks healthcare and are not related to the patient’s underlying condition. Wrong-site surgery is one of the worst sentinel events experienced by patients and practitioners. As defined by The Joint Commission wrong-site surgery involves the wrong side or site of the body, the wrong procedure (a procedure other than the one intended) or the wrong patient. Perioperative healthcare providers must be knowledgeable about the latest risk-prevention strategies, protocols and tools to ensure the safety of surgical patients


The goal of this program is to provide healthcare providers with information about wrong-site surgery, the universal protocol and the changes in the culture of the healthcare system to prevent wrong-site surgery. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the evolution of patient safety initiatives for the prevention of wrong-site surgery
  • Review the three steps of the universal protocol
  • Describe the new correct-site surgery culture in healthcare

Approval Information
This course is approved for surgical techs from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2016.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.00 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.

Course Originally Released on: 9/13/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/28/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/28/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Ramon N - hackensack, NJ  ·  Dec 02, 2016
helped me better educate myself
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Paul B - Bartonsville, PA  ·  Dec 02, 2016
very good it was very helpful
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Bibiana R - New Milford, NJ  ·  Dec 01, 2016
It explained topic properly and it also was easy to understand.
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Debra P - hackensack, NJ  ·  Dec 01, 2016
this course is very excellent educating to any individual who relates and works in the medical field. This course would and is beneficial to any person especially in another facility, or country. it is very important to verify the correct site and procedure. To follow proper procedure and protocol, a time out is very important. a verbal confirmation of the site to be operated or removed is highly important. to prevent wrong site surgery, all persons must be on board and communicate the same. Meaning all members of the surgical team should confirm correct site and correct person. the medical number and birth dates must match. this course brings up the attention and awareness needed to prevent wrong site surgery.
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Anton A - Brooklyn, NY  ·  Nov 30, 2016
This is definitely one of the major errors in the OR during the time out and in emergency situations when everyone is rushing timeout is a very important topic.
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Price: $5.00
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