Reducing Adverse Events in Plastics: Two Critical Areas for Improvement

In a special article published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers highlighted two critical areas for improving patient safety during plastic and reconstructive surgery.

 

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1.    Communication. Breakdowns in communication are a major contributor to medical errors. A principle from the aviation industry — crew resource management — could help maintain communication among surgical team members. This principle requires a safe setting for all team members, regardless of title, to express their concerns.

2.    Safe surgery. Universal protocol and adherence to basic infection control best practices helps mitigate the risk of wrong-write surgery and healthcare-associated infections. The universal protocol requires certain processes to ensure the correct site, person and operation prior to the start of every procedure.

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