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A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION INCLUDES PATIENT SAFETY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Surgical safety continues to improve as hospitals study procedures and practices to identify problems and institute changes, a recent conference on surgical safety at Johns Hopkins illustrates. Julie Frieschlag, chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins and conference chair, says now the area ripe for improvement is a healthy and educated patient who is aware of the options.

FREISCHLAG: We also need to make sure that you need that operation, so I think getting more than one opinion to make sure that operation is truly necessary especially if you are not the healthiest person or you are an older patient, or perhaps it might be a controversial diagnosis. We need to make sure patients know to get a second opinion so if you do decide to have an operation it is indicated. And making sure you have someone help you in the postoperative period. Have a friend, family member come into the hospital with you and learn what it is that you need to do when you get home so there's no errors out of the hospital. :33

At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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