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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:28 PM Page 44 S U R G I C A L S I T E M A R K I N G Marking Madness H ow do your doctors mark the surgical site? There are only 2 correct answers, only 2 virtually unmistakable and universally Anything other than "yes" or the surgeon's initials is a written invitation to wrong-site surgery. accepted ways to identify the correct site — write YES or the surgeon's initials at the site of Dan O'Connor Editor-in-Chief the incision. But depending on which OR you're in and which surgeon happens to be holding the permanent marker, you're just as likely to see J or ¸ as what you're supposed to see: YES or the surgeon's initials (or both). Just like your patients, site marks come in all shapes and sizes. Several unorthodox methods of marking reared their purple heads in CUT WHERE? Surgical site marking can vary greatly, with smiley faces, asterisks and arrows among the many symbols used to note the proposed incision. 4 4 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013

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