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By M. Aroon Kamath, M.D. - September 17, 2010
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Topic: Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure, and Wrong-Patient Surgery - by M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
The operating room is where, without doubt, many lives are saved and a multitude of destinies are altered. However, in today’s rapidly changing world, the number and complexity of surgical procedures are increasing dramatically. So is the number of surgical sub-specialties. The operating lists in general are getting longer by the day. Improved operating room (OR) efficiency often demands ‘impressive’ reductions in OR ‘turnover times’ leading to inevitable parallel increases in the flow of patients both into and out of the OR suite. In the midst of this ‘organized’ chaos, the potential for an unintended mishap is dangerously very real.
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