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AHRQ Radio Podcast - Lead Story: Wrong Site Surgery is Rare

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Friday, April 28, 2006 12:00 PM
Lead Story: Wrong Site Surgery is Rare

The idea of needing surgery and having the wrong part operated on makes most people very nervous. But the good news is that surgery on the wrong site is extremely rare, and even when it does occur, major injury from it is even rarer. The term wrong-site surgery includes surgery on the wrong organ or limb, at the wrong site on the spine, or on the wrong person.

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This audio program features current news and information from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

  • AHRQ's News and Numbers reveals that fewer than half of Americans with diabetes get the necessary annual tests to manage the disease properly;
  • A new evidence report on eating disorders says few medications work, but behavioral therapy may be effective;
  • AHRQ describes its health IT initiative;
  • A new study on wrong site surgery found that this type of error is extremely rare. The report features an interview with the researcher, Dr. Mary R. Kwaan of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the study.

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Duration: 15:09 (MM:SS)  File Size: 15 MB
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