Many medical professionals have found that, in addition to properly marking the correct surgery site, it has been helpful to also mark the side that should not be operated on. Before sending patients to surgery, the support staff verify with the surgical team exactly where the surgery will occur and why.
The North American Spine Society then added even more precautionary steps, including a surgery checklist and procedure verification.
Following Universal Protocol
The Universal Protocol for preventing WSS, which took many years and the work of many professionals to develop, should be adhered to on all applicable cases. In general, measures should be taken that require less reliance on memory.
All health care professionals have an obligation to comply with the Universal Protocol and to speak up if they feel patient safety is being compromised in any way. Nurses, specifically perianesthesia nurses, should function as the patient’s advocate and foster procedures that ensure right-site surgery.
If you’ve been the victim of a wrong-site surgery or any other surgery-related injury, you shouldn’t have to live with the consequences of someone else’s mistakes. There are several procedures in place to ensure that you can come out of a surgery as healthy (if not healthier) than you did when you entered it. If your medical team failed you, contact our team for a no obligation consultation to learn your next steps.