Patient Education Tool: VA's Ensuring Safe Surgery Brochure

The VA National Center for Patient Safety offers a free, downloadable brochure designed to educate patients on what will happen before their surgery and how caregivers will ensure safe and correct surgery.

The "Ensuring Correct Surgery" pamphlet includes space for patients to write down medication information and answers to various questions, including the name of the surgery that will be performed and what body part will be operated on. The pamphlet also explains the "time out" process surgeons and nurses take to ensure correct surgery and tips for how patients can facilitate this process, such as ensuring "X" or "yes" marks on the site of surgery is not rubbed off.

Download the "Ensuring Correct Surgery" pamphlet (PDF) for use in your facility.

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