Equipment Failures to Blame for Many OR Errors

November 1, 2013 | Evaluations & Guidance


A substantial proportion of errors and adverse events that occur in ORs are caused by equipment-related failures, and procedures that rely more heavily on equipment may demonstrate a higher proportion of such failures, suggest the findings of a study published in the September issue of BMJ Quality and Safety.

The authors performed a systematic review and identified 28 studies for examination. Twenty-one of the studies were prospective, and provided the most detailed information; three were retrospective studies; and four were malpractice claim reviews. In the prospective studies, the median proportion of...

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