One in five surgeons botch operations

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18 September 2007, Berlin (dpa) - One in five surgeons admits to having at least once operated on the wrong part of a patient, for example muddling the left and right sides, a health safety committee in Germany said Tuesday.

18 September 2007

Berlin (dpa) - One in five surgeons admits to having at least once operated on the wrong part of a patient, for example muddling the left and right sides, a health safety committee in Germany said Tuesday.

The committee wants body graffiti to become standard practice before operations, with an arrow or a circle drawn in indelible ink on the skin to mark the operation site.

The Patient Safety Committee, set up by German hospitals and a leading health insurer, said its research indicated there were 100 to 200 operations every year in Germany where surgeons "fixed" the wrong place, for example replacing a knee joint on the wrong leg.

Although the rate was low compared to 12.6 million operations per year, patient safety was an absolute priority, hospitals society chief Rudolf Koesters said in Berlin.

DPA

Subject: German news

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