Are Safety Protocols enough to stop mistakes?

According to a new study, “required timeouts are skipped or rushed.”  Obviously, the best situation would be to have a “zero tolerance” methodology to circumvent catastrophic errors.

Some of the errors occurring are operating on the wrong patients and on wrong body parts.  To avoid mistakes like these, in 2004, the Joint Commission mandated a three-step protocol.  To read more on this protocol and whether or not it is preventing devastating medical mistakes, read this amednews staff article, Wrong-patient, wrong-site procedures persist despite safety protocol

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