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.




Checklists for Operative and other Invasive Procedures:

Time Out Day

The Universal Protocol:

Professional Organizations

Patient Safety Organizations

US Federal Agency Websites

Video Clip


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