Resultant harm to the patient
A neonate’s fingertip was amputated with scissors while removing tape around malfunctioning peripheral arterial line.
Actions to mitigate risk at your hospital
Review the 2004 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory ("Snip-It Safety"), which addresses pediatric scissor injuries and provides risk-reduction strategies.
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Patient Safety Alerts
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Patients experience wrong-site surgeries/procedures when surgical/procedural sites are difficult, or impossible, to mark or when patients/families refuse site marking.April 17, 2019