Fingertip Amputation

Fingertip Amputation

A neonate’s fingertip was amputated with scissors while removing tape around malfunctioning peripheral arterial line.

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.

Target audiences 

Nursing, Medical and Clinical Leaders, Quality Improvement , Patient Safety, Legal, Risk Management, Clinical Educators, Cause Analysis Staff, Organizational Leaders

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