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
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.
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