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No time to train the surgeons: More and more reforms result in less and less time for training

  • Joanna Chikwe
  • Anthony C de Souza
  • John R Pepper
BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Publication Date
Feb 21, 2004
  • Medicine


Speak Up: Help Avoid Mistakes in Your Surgery Help Avoid Mistakes in Your Surgery Mistakes can happen during surgery. Surgeons can do the wrong surgery. They can operate on the wrong part of your body. Or they can operate on the wrong person. Hospitals and other medical facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission must follow a procedure that helps surgeons avoid these mistakes. (Facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission are listed on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website: Mistakes can also happen before or after surgery. A patient can take the wrong medicine. Or they don’t understand the instructions about how to take care of themselves. As a patient, you can make your care safer by being an active, involved and informed member of your health care team. The Joint Commission is the largest health care accrediting body in the United States that promotes quality and safety. Helping health care organizations help patients Preparing for your surgery Ask your doctor Are there any prescription or over-the-counter medicines that you should not take before your surgery? Can you eat or drink before your surgery? Should you trim your nails and remove any nail polish? If you have other questions, write them down. Take your list of questions with you when you see your doctor. Ask someone you trust to Take you to and from the surgery facility. Be with you at the hospital or surgery facility. This person can make sure you get the care you need to feel comfortable and safe. Before you leave home Shower and wash your hair. Do not wear makeup. Your caregivers need to see your skin to check your blood circulation. Leave your jewelry, money and other valuables at home. At the surgery facility The staff will ask you to sign an Informed Consent form. Read it carefully. It lists: Your name The kind of surgery you will have The risks of your surgery That

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