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Wrong Site Surgery


Preventing Wrong-Patient, Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure events requires proactive measures. Take action now to prevent and reduce these sentinel events from occurring.

» Sentinel Events: Prevention and Reduction of Wrong-Patient, Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure Events


  • Review the evidence-based recommendations to prevent and reduce the incidence of wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure events.

  • State actions to prevent and reduce the incidence of wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure events.

  • Identify ways in which wrong site surgery injuries present themselves from a legal perspective.

  • Identify common errors that result in wrong-site injuries.


3.4 contact hours will be awarded after review of the components and completion of the evaluation.
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» Resources
» Ambulatory Supplement

Sample - Patient Safety Toolkit: Ambulatory Surgery and Procedural Checklists. Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care 

» Professional Organizations
» Patient Safety Organizations
» US Federal Agency Websites
» Video Clip
Sample Video - Reducing the Risk of Wrong Site Surgery. The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare 
» Registration Information

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You may earn 3.4 contact hours before February 28, 2016 by completing the online evaluation in the Sentinel Events: Prevention and Reduction of Wrong-Patient, Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure Events.

The webinars and all materials provided must be reviewed in order to obtain the 3.4 contact hours for this activity.

AORN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AORN is provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019.

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