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

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

by Linda Blevins, MS, MFA, RN, ELS
(4.4 / 1488 ratings )

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

Price: $5.00
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Sentinel events are unexpected incidents that result in serious physical or psychological injury, or prolonged loss of function or death. The results injury or impairment is not present at the time the patient seeks healthcare and is not related to the patient’s underlying condition. Wrong-site surgery is one of the most devastating sentinel events experienced by patients and practitioners. As defined by The Joint Commission, wrong-site surgery involves the wrong side or region 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 continuing education 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 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: 2/23/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2016

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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Tracey M - VIRGINIA BEACH, VA  ·  Dec 13, 2018
Very Informative. Increased knowledge
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LINDA D - beaumont, TX  ·  Jul 02, 2018
the literature that was given was very helpful and educational in providing the necessary tools to preventing wrong site surgeries.
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Dorethea W - Durham, NC  ·  Jun 19, 2018
with the initiation of the time-out process, it is always great to keep current on the policies and procedures that have come about since the time-out process.
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SUSAN W - Newark, OH  ·  May 03, 2018
very good information
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Sheri F - Beaverton, OR  ·  Nov 28, 2017
I would rate it about 4 stars
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