Wrong-Site Surgery

surgery photoSince the inception of the adverse health event reporting system, surgical events have been among the most commonly reported adverse events. Since 2003, over 200 instances of wrong site, procedure, or patient surgeries and retained foreign objects have been reported to MDH.

Many partners in Minnesota, including the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Hospital Association, the University of Minnesota, and individual hospitals and surgical centers, are working together to minimize the risk of surgical adverse events through focused research and interventions. Recommendations, results, and resources are below.

Surgical adverse events

 

Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 03:14PM