Physicians resist wrong-site surgery prevention

A movement to try and end wrong-sided surgeries has encountered a surprising amount of resistance, reports Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with The Washington Post. The move to prevent what is considered one of the most avoidable--and embarrassing--of medical errors has done little to improve the rate of such "never events," researchers say. Among the primary reasons: Physicians are resisting the use of checklists, and are also bristling at the teamwork and time constraints required to avoid such mishaps. Each wrong-site surgery carries the threat of a costly lawsuit against the hospital by the patient, plus the potential to be disqualified from participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Article

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