June 1, 2007

Military’s team-training tools now available to ORs, others

By: OR Manager

A63-year-old patient is having cataract surgery. The surgeon calls for the lens, and the circulating nurse, just returning from lunch, presents what he thinks is the correct lens. Without checking, the surgeon asks the nurse to open the lens container. The lens he inserts turns out to be the one intended for the next patient. The error is discovered by the circulator just after the lens is inserted, and he promptly informs the surgeon.

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