Wrong-site surgery: a preventable complication

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 Apr;(433):26-9.


All surgical procedures have a risk of complications, many of which cannot be avoided completely regardless of the experience and expertise of the surgeon, the surgical team, or the hospital staff. Wrong-site surgery is a relatively uncommon complication that is easily preventable. The "Sign Your Site" protocol is a simple, straightforward program that requires only a minimal amount of time to eliminate the risk of wrong-site surgery, and it should be standard policy in healthcare institutions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Medical Errors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods
  • Orthopedics / standards
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety Management*
  • United States