If you are having surgery, make sure that you and the health care professionals treating you all agree and are clear on exactly what will be done.
Doing surgery at the wrong site (for example, operating on the left knee instead of the right) is rare. But even once is too often. The good news is that wrong-site surgery is 100 percent preventable. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons urges its members to sign their initials directly on the site to be operated on before the surgery. Protect your health:
- Your medications
- Hospital Stays
- Home Health
- Other Steps You Can Take
- Patient Safety for Older Adults