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The team verifies the patient's name, the type of surgery and the surgical site, using a checklist with each of these steps blown up in giant letters so everyone can see them.
"We make it easier for providers to do the right thing," says Beth Heinz, the hospital's chief quality officer.
Based on the nonprofit's survey, it even named Virginia Mason a top hospital of the decade in 2010. In short, Virginia Mason made becoming the safest hospital in America a top priority.
Nineteen agonizing days later, surrounded by her grief-stricken family and friends, Mary Mc Clinton died, her son Gerald holding her hand. An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone, according to a report from the U. And a 2010 study from HHS estimates that 180,000 Medicare beneficiaries die every year from accidents and errors.
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