Corporate Compliance

Prevent and react to outpatient never events

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, March 1, 2010

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In October 2009, an orthopedic surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital operated on the wrong finger of a patient during an outpatient procedure. The incident marked the fifth time since January 2007 that a surgeon made such a mistake at the hospital. However, never events, such as wrong-site ¬surgeries, are actually rare events.

However, never events, such as wrong-site ¬surgeries, are actually rare events, says Alsie Fitzgerald, RN, CASC, board chair of the ASC Association. The ASC Association conducts an outcomes monitoring project involving 650–700 facilities, which compares 38 key indicators of patient safety at ASCs nationwide.

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