• Alert
  • July 1, 2014

Fingertip Amputation

Patient Safety Alert

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

Questions:  Contact Kate Conrad, vice president, (913) 981-4118 or Barbara Weis, project specialist, (913) 981-4117.